The new standards will take effect on October 31. 

The code of welfare for dairy cattle has been amended to address behavioural needs and off-paddock systems, says the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

 
Manawatu beef farmer Richard Morrison.

If you’re selling or leasing bulls this spring, understand the risks and know the animal’s history of movements and health, says Manawatu beef farmer Richard Morrison.

 
Bay of Plenty dairy farmer Darryl Jensen says farm biosecurity as a necessity.

Bay of Plenty dairy farmer Darryl Jensen rears calves and sees farm biosecurity as a necessity. For effective traceability and disease management he operates a ‘closed farm system’ along with a beef farmer and grazier

Pre-lamb shearing is hard on ewes.

Most of the ewes that make up the New Zealand ewe flock are high performance animals, many of them sitting on a metabolic knife-edge as they get closer to lambing, says Ben Allot, North Canterbury Vets.

Lamb daily growth rates on sheep farms in New Zealand are in a huge range — from as low as 80g to 350g or more per lamb per day.  Getting to the top of this range requires attention to detail.

Nitrate poisoning usually occurs in late autumn or winter when nitrate levels in the feed are high, particularly during a flush of growth after a dry period.

Massey veterinarian Kate Griffiths recently outlined the results of a six year trial looking at the ability of a ewe to survive as a productive animal until she is culled for age.

Meadowslea Stud Angus, at Fairlie, says its third annual production cow sale saw solid demand from stud and commercial buyers at its onfarm sale on May 1.

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