Field trials of the spot-on, lamb parasite treatment performed better than expected, even outperforming triple oral drenches.

The average sheep farmer is in their late 50s and the labour-intensive task of drenching lambs becomes more physically demanding with each passing year.

 
M.bovis review head Nicola Shadbolt says it is not a witch-hunt.

Ministry for Primary Industries director general Ray Smith says his organisation absolutely supports a review into the handling of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak.

Wiltshire breeder William Morrison says growing demand for the self-shedding sheep has been sparked by the very low price of wool.

The demand for Wiltshire sheep is “incredible and unbelievable”, according to the country’s major breeder of the sheep that sheds its wool.

MPI is reviewing a number of animal welfare codes and advice to farmers for issues like heat stress.

MPI says a significant amount of work is under way this year to update animal welfare codes and provide updated advice to farmers for issues such as heat stress.

Dairy farmer Rose Galloway rejects any suggestion that mastitis in cows isn't contagious.

Hawke's Bay dairy farmer Rose Galloway rejects any suggestion that mastitis in cows isn't contagious. A trained nurse, Galloway and her family milk 550 cows near Norsewood and says mastitis is caused by pathogens entering the cow's udder through the teat canal and can pass onto other cows. She explains:

Beef + Lamb NZ's Will Halliday says things could be shaping this season as a bad year for FE.

Facial eczema (FE) spore counts in some parts of the country are particularly high for this time of year and Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging farmers to be extra vigilant.

Warm wet weather in many areas of the country creates the perfect conditions for the production-limiting diseases flystrike and facial eczema (FE).

A promising new test for Johne’s disease in dairy cattle has been developed at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast.

Sheep farmers should be investing in proven, worm resistant genetics this breeding season to future proof their businesses’ bottom lines.

At a time of depressed wool prices, more and more sheep farmers are looking at reducing costs – such as shearing and parasite control.

There's been a spike in recent weeks of people appearing before the courts on charges of mistreating farm animals. 

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