CRV national sales and marketing manager and vet, Julia Baynes, says high temperatures and humidity are creating a perfect breeding ground for the fungus responsible for facial eczema.

As New Zealand swelters in record hot and humid conditions, dairy farmers need to be more vigilant than usual against facial eczema (FE) as spore counts start to climb.

Supreme Junior Champion Glenidol Lambda Cookie, owned by 14-year-old Toby Whytock (kneeling), of Te Awamutu, gave the family a great run in their first big show.

The Supreme Junior Champion at last month’s NZ Dairy Event came with a great story for her 14-year-old owner, Toby Whytock.

The granddam of Lot 15, Windy Vale Windbrook Frosty-Imp-ET; her granddaughter sold for $8500.

In a reasonably tight season for milk prices, the Summer Sensation Sale at the New Zealand Dairy Event in Feilding last month averaged $4,612 over 33 live lots.

Consider your options when trying new semen technologies.

DairyNZ solutions and development specialist Odette Chauncy summarises the industry evidence behind different types of semen, so you can know what to expect before you give it a shot.

Mark Townshend

New Zealand's genetics landscape will continue to evolve, says outgoing New Zealand Animal Evaluation Ltd (NZAEL) chair Mark Townshend.

SealesWinslow consultant nutritionist Paul Sharp.

The anticipated El Niño summer is expected to heighten the risk of facial eczema (FE) and SealesWinslow consultant Nutritionist Paul Sharp says getting a preventative plan ready now will help protect animal health and bottom lines.

Sales of veterinary and horticultural antibiotics in New Zealand have decreased for a fifth year in a row.

Total sales of veterinary and horticultural antibiotics in New Zealand have decreased for a fifth year in a row, dropping by 23% in 2022.

Leptospirosis is contracted most through exposure to the urine of infected animals, either through direct contact or via contaminated water.

Leptospirosis (lepto) is a disease caused by bacteria that can be spread from animal to human, otherwise known as a zoonotic disease.

More than 50 bulls have been nominated as sires for use in the innovative Informing New Zealand Beef (INZB) programme’s upcoming mating season, the highest number since the across-breed progeny test was launched in 2020.

Mastitis is an inflammation of the udder. In cows, it is usually caused by bacteria which have entered through the teat canal and moved to the mammary tissues.

Dairy farmers could be leaving up to 30% more income on the table by not doing the numbers on supplementary feed, according to SealesWinslow general manager Grant Jackson.

When it comes to selecting beef sires for dairy, our breeding team identify sires whose trait information indicates they are genetically superior in calving ease, have a moderate gestation length, and have lower-than-average birth weights.

The highly anticipated 2023 Discovery Project team has been revealed, marking an exciting milestone for New Zealand Holstein Friesian breeders.

Correct mineral supplementation will be crucial as wet weather and sodden soils increase the risk of cow lameness and mastitis this spring.

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