Government MPs Meka Whaitiri, Gareth Hughes and Mark Patterson at the recent Animal Welfare Advocate Hui held in South Auckland.

A new Framework for Action on Animal Welfare released last month sets out a better approach, says Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri.

 Contrast the protective clothing and equipment being used at a typical meat works, for personal and end-product hygiene, with that in a typical dairy shed where aprons are used to keep the torso of the operator dry, but hugely deficient in protecting against urine splashes.

Whilst New Zealand’s rural and lifestyle communities seem to have a better awareness of the “physical” safety issues of farm equipment, PTO shafts and ATVs, in many cases other, “more invisible” safety issues can be overlooked.

 
The DRL team (from left): Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin, director; Dr Rory O’Brien, senior researcher; and Simon Liggett, technical manager. Copyright Graham Warman.

Now in its third incarnation, DRL started life as Otago University’s deer research laboratory at a time when deer farming was establishing itself by capturing wild animals. 

 
Leesa Flanagan.

University of Adelaide honours student Leesa Flanagan has been named Alltech Young Scientist of the Year from an international field of peers for her work on dietary requirements of feedlot lambs.

Jon Huxley.

The attraction of heading a world-rated veterinary school, a love of New Zealand and disillusionment with Brexit persuaded Professor Jon Huxley to apply to lead the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University.

Gemma Lowe.

Early detection of neonatal calf diarrhoea (NCD) is top of mind for the winner of the National Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship.

Australian research has found that a calm temperament in ewes improves both ovulation rate and more successful pregnancies.

A calm temperament in ewes improves ovulation rate and successful pregnancies, according to a study published by The University of Western Australia (UWA). 

LIC’s Bevan Harris.

Researchers at Livestock Improvement Corp (LIC) are working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to piece together a genetic jigsaw of 15 million pieces.

Farm veterinarians are struggling with the emerging animal health effects of long-term fodder beet use on dairy farms, says DairyNZ senior scientist Dawn Dalley.

Liver fluke can cause major losses in production, often with few direct clinical signs evident, meaning that farmers don’t recognise the impact on their properties – particularly in bad fluke years.

New Zealand's reputation as a world leader in animal welfare has led to Massey University professor Craig Johnson being invited to join a group reviewing world standards on the subject.

A low-cost device designed to detect when cows are ovulating and ready to be inseminated has earned two Kiwi entrepreneurs a place among the finalists in the 2018 New Zealander of the Year awards.

Dairy farmers and workers must take extra precautions because a newly discovered strain of leptospirosis is not covered by a vaccine.

The science underpinning New Zealand’s TBfree programme has earned an award for its researchers.

Farmers in and around the Taihape /Hunterville regions of the North Island are being warned to watch for signs of facial eczema (FE).

 

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