Industry funded studies in New Zealand have shown that mid-pregnancy shearing can increase multiple-born lamb birthweight by up to 0.7 kg and lamb survival by 3 to 5%.
Lambing is looming closer and if you have a young dog that isn’t showing much enthusiasm for sheep take advantage of the window of opportunity this season offers.
You can treat facial eczema (FE) in various ways, but the only preventive measure is to breed for FE tolerance.
Veterinary Enterprises Group (VEG) has bought a minority shareholding in FarmIQ Systems Ltd.
Restrictions on advertising of antibiotics will not necessarily lead to a reduction in usage, claim academics.
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) is satisfied with both the sheep and beef industries’ approaches to breeding with respect to animal welfare issues.
Farmers are getting a push to use the “masses of science” available in New Zealand to improve their profitability.
Almost $1 million will go to projects aimed at combating animal diseases from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund.
New Zealand has “good smarts” in primary industry innovation, but needs to ramp it up, says Argenta managing director and co-founder Dr Doug Cleverly.
David and Colleen Fagan, of Northland, take pride in the quality of the milk their cows produce, reports MSD Animal Health NZ.
Parasites in sheep will become more of a problem for New Zealand farmers as temperatures rise with climate change, says AgResearch principal scientist John McEwan.
With NIWA signalling warm, wet conditions across the North Island over December, farmers are being encouraged to take preventive measures against facial eczema (FE).
Farmers need to have a robust facial eczema (FE) prevention plan in place, says animal health company Agritrade.
If you were to look at the range of lamb daily growth rates on sheep farms in New Zealand you would find a huge range from as low as 80g to 350g+/lamb/day.
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.
A one-day free seminar on selenium next month in Hamilton will present data on boosting animal health and productivity, says the organiser, BEC Feed Solutions.
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.
Commercial farmers can be sure estimated breeding values (EBVs) for calf weaning weights will deliver what they predict.
With new regulations on bobby calves in force from August 1, MPI is encouraging people to report breaches.
Get your colostrum feeding right and you'll go a long way towards raising healthy replacement calves.
Treating dry cows with teat sealant alone may be just as effective as the use of teat sealant and antibiotic dry cow treatment (DCT).
While fodder beet has been grown in NZ for years, it has only recently gained popularity as an important dairy cow winter feed.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says he had always intended to "fast-track" some of the new animal welfare regulations on the treatment of bobby calves.
Proposed new animal welfare regulations are a great step forward, says the New Zealand Veterinary Association dairy cattle branch president, Dr Jenny Weston.