Biosecurity starts at the farm gate.

Biosecurity isn't just about border control at the airport or ports, writes Nita Harding, DairyNZ technical policy advisor.

 
 
Fred Hoekstra.

New Zealand's first professional dairy cow hoof trimmer has fulfilled a long-held dream, setting up a training institute to bring internationally recognised standards of hoofcare to the industry.

Mastitis can milk you dry

Most clinical mastitis occurs over calving, so if you’ve had a good spring, you probably feel like you’re in the clear. 

Pig virus on the march

A new report warns that a virus decimating parts of the global pork industry could spread to more countries next year.

For every three in 100 animals that are clinically affected, about 70% of the herd may have subclinical FE.

Most of the damage caused by facial eczema (FE) is subclinical (no obvious external signs) and goes unnoticed until it’s too late, comments Agritrade.

Shearing can remove up to 80% of lice depending on the closeness of the cut.

For strong wool sheep, lice infection is a nuisance more than a hefty financial cost. But, for fine wool sheep the financial toll is much greater. 

The code of welfare for dairy cattle has been amended to address behavioural needs and off-paddock systems, says the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

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