A Waikato cattle farming family have been fined $23,000 for failing to provide sufficient food and care for their animals.

A Waikato cattle farming family have been fined $23,000 for failing to provide sufficient food and care for their animals, resulting in more than half a dozen animal deaths.

Trial results showed there was a reduction of up to 57% in drench use without any negative effects on the productivity of winter lambs.

An initial trial of an app, funded by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, has demonstrated significant results in reducing drench inputs during a small-scale study.

It is estimated that the cost of undetected drench resistance in sheep has exploded to $98 million a year.

Analysis by Dunedin-based Techion New Zealand shows the cost of undetected drench resistance in sheep has exploded to an estimated $98 million a year.

The New Zealand Veterinary Association is urging dog owners to prioritise essential vaccinations.

Amid reports of an increase in the number of parvovirus cases, the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is calling on dog owners to prioritise essential vaccinations.

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon meeting Lucy the inflatable cow at Southern Field Days.

From November 1, 2023, Ministry for Primary Industries’ Mycoplasma bovis Eradication Programme has been contracted out to disease management agency OSPRI, as it enters a long-term surveillance phase.

Learn how Lepto could be impacting your farm

Leptospirosis is widespread on New Zealand livestock farms and a webinar, hosted by Zoetis on March 19, will provide resource, and offer insights into understanding and preventing the disease.

Kate Acland. Photo Credit: Claire Toia Bailey.

Farmers are being encouraged to have their say on a New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) proposal to continue funding the Informing New Zealand Beef (INZB) genetics programme and supporting a new facial eczema research project.

FE can only be prevented but never cured and costs the NZ primary sector $200 million each year.

A disease that costs the primary industry more than $200 million a year is potentially coming to a place near you soon.

Sheep production systems in New Zealand have adapted and evolved over the past 30 years.

Sheep production systems in New Zealand have adapted and evolved over the past 30 years to match the drivers of on-farm income.

Facial Eczema (FE) is a production-limiting, potentially fatal disease that affects both sheep and cattle.

OSPRI – the government agency that manages animal disease and pest control in the farming industry – has taken over the day-to-day control of the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication programme.

The Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), which regulates veterinarians and sets standards to support responsible antimicrobial use among veterinarians, is in the throes of developing a new strategy to minimize the risk of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in New Zealand animals.

Total sales of veterinary and horticultural antibiotics in New Zealand have decreased for a fifth year in a row, dropping by 23% in 2022.

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