AgResearch senior scientist Sue McCoard says the results seen in lambs fed milk replacer showed significant differences in growth rates, health and need for use of antibiotics.

Recently published research suggests that farmers should avoid feeding milk replacers with vegetable proteins and fats to lambs in their early life.

A long lasting B12 injection when given at given at tailing lasts for six months – or for the life of most of your finishing lambs, if a 0.5 mL dose is used.

Central Southland vet Andrew Roe reviews use of the long-acting vitamin B12 injection products, SMARTShot B12 and SMARTShot B12 plus SE, in the management of vitamin B12/cobalt deficiency with and without selenium deficiency in ewes and lambs.*

The docked tail must be no shorter than the distal end of the caudal fold - that's the end of the flaps of skin that attach the underside of the tail to the lamb's body.

With docking - or tailing - underway in many areas, Beef+Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers about the new tail length requirements.

Bovaer has been found under Australian feedlot conditions to reduce cattle methane emissions by up to 90%.

A feed additive that reduces methane emissions in ruminants is poised for commercial launch in Australia - making it one of the first global markets to access the product.

Will Halliday, Beef + Lamb NZ.

As lambing and calving get underway, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers to consider their carcase disposal options this spring.

The trial looked at look at the management of replacement ewe lambs and how genes influence feed efficiency and resilience to animal health challenges.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics' Low Input Sheep Progeny Trial is identifying the genetics that will future-proof this country's sheep industry.

Dags are a very heritable trait which can be selected for.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics' Low Input Sheep Progeny Trial is identifying the genetics that will futureproof this country's sheep industry. In part one of this two-part series, we take a look at how the trial is set up and the focus on dags.

Not all drenches work on all parasites, use the right drench for the job.

Effective and accurate drenching is important for animal health and productivity. It needs strategic decision making and should be part of a parasite management plan.

Professor Steve Morris is heading Massey University’s Wiltshire research project.

Of all the projects Massey University's School of Agriculture has been involved in over the years, it's never had such interest as it has in its Wiltshire breeding programme.

Artificial breeding will play a role in accelerating the transition of a proportion of Beef + Lamb New Zealand's (B+LNZ) commercial ewe flock to a low methane emitting flock.

An emerging drench resistance issue has been identified on Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Future Farm Lanercost in North Canterbury and a holistic plan is being put in place to protect future livestock productivity.

The interest in the self-shedding Wiltshire sheep has prompted Massey University to run a special field day at their Riverside farm near Masterton on 1 June.

New animal welfare regulations come into effect on 9 May. These will affect many common procedures carried out on farms, such as tall docking and treatment of bearings.

Bioeconomic modelling, published by Massey University PhD student Lydia Farrell in 2020 and more recent work by the team, has shown that adding hogget breeding to a North Island hill country property would increase cash operating surplus.

Rubber matting for cow comfort is well established in the northern hemisphere, where dairy herds can be housed for up to 180 days during the winter.

Facial Eczema (FE) is caused by spores of a fungus growing on the litter in the base of the sward.

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