Irrigated pastures grow grass and provide the perfect environment for parasites: shade, moisture and warmth – conditions which allow parasites to thrive.

Rearing young stock on single species grazing systems under irrigation may become very challenging as there is often no alternative species grazing to help reduce parasite burdens on the pasture.

 
Does your herd have adequate levels of trace minerals?

Evaluation of what is an adequate level of trace minerals is generally based on population in sample analysis of large numbers of animals not dead or dying, and the resultant levels are deemed adequate.

 
From left, Dr Kevin Liu, BEC Feed Solutions country manager Trina Parker and professor Peter Surai.

The most costly problems on dairy farms are linked to oxidative stress, say two visiting animal health experts.

FE causes affected stock major skin, liver and production issues.

With NIWA signalling warm, wet conditions across the North Island over December, farmers are being encouraged to take preventive measures against facial eczema (FE).

“The Hoofman’ Johan Buys.

A race car with the best engine is never going to win unless the tyres allow it to get power to the ground, and dairy cows should be looked at in a similar light, says ‘The Hoofman’ – Johan Buys.

Body condition score (BCS) will increasingly be adopted as a measure in welfare assurance schemes, so scoring must be accurate throughout the BCS range, say DairyNZ’s Chris Leach and Jacqueline McGowan.

Dogs can be taught a lot of different commands, more than you would think; the thing to remember prior to training is to run through in your mind their other commands to make sure they all sound different.

Farmers can no longer simply buy the cheapest drench, assume it is doing a good job of killing worms and not consider the longer term implications, says Jo Houlter, veterinary technical advisor, MSD Animal Health.

 

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