Wet spring weather is having “a huge impact” on the number of ‘dirty’ cows, says veterinarian Paul Daly, of Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Services, Dunsandel.
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against life-threatening diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis that affect New Zealand animals.
Animal health company Ceva Animal Health is introducing two anti-infectives to New Zealand, packaged in unbreakable bottles.
Lower replacement rates and higher body weight/lower stocking rates are the two most effective of five available ways of cutting dairy greenhouse gas emissions, a scientist has told a workshop for rural professionals.
Could using exotic dung beetles help address soil health and water quality issues in New Zealand? It’s an option with possibilities.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has done at least 15000 tests for Mycoplasma bovis.
To set up a dairy cow for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start, says DairyNZ.
Early results from a Massey University study show animal vaccinations are effective in preventing leptospirosis shedding in NZ dairy cattle, reducing exposure to humans.
Holstein Friesian New Zealand (HFNZ) says its joint sire proving programme with CRV Ambreed is breaking records.
A new ready-to-use antibiotic formulation for treating mastitis is now available for New Zealand dairy farmers.
Sollus NZ’s head nutritionist Dr Joe McGrath looks at causes of the involuntary culling taking place in most herds in New Zealand.
Planning and preparation make for a good calving season, says DairyNZ.
Ideal growing conditions in many places — despite record autumn rains — have delayed cow culls, allowing some herd managers to optimise their herds for next season.
Together with mastitis and infertility, lameness is one of the big three problems on many farms, says vet Neil Chesterton.
A new feeding programme designed by biotech company Alltech shows that with proper timing, nutrition can be a more powerful tool than genetic manipulation for controlling production, animal health and quality.
Pests like mice and wasps may one day be killed off by a new technique now proven in laboratory tests on fruit flies.
A simple device underpinned by a complex algorithm can alert farmers via text message that a cow will calve within one hour.
Last month we discussed the rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the increase in agricultural antimicrobial usage (up 67% by 2030 to 100,000 tons/year) and the threat of AMR to our health and food production.
A critical way to reduce the spread of disease from one season to the next is by removing soiled bedding and thoroughly cleaning a calf shed.
Providing pain relief when disbudding calves is not mandated by regulation but it is coming, says DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist Bruce Eyers.
In a first for the Agricultural Fieldays, New Zealand company BioBrew is showcasing CalfBrew, a live animal probiotic.
A combination pour-on that is rain resistant has been released by local company Alleva Animal Health.
I never really liked 2036. She was the wild one as a calf. Then as a heifer she had a “spooky” look in her eye and she was always the one who went the wrong way when trying to get a mob through a gate.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the buzzword in the animal health sector. In a series of articles, microbiologists Greg Cook and Adam Heikal explain AMR and look at how the agriculture sector should respond.