Most farmers are well prepared for the new disbudding and dehorning regulations which will take effect on October 1.
In this season we are again asking a lot of our stock.
Most of the ewes that make up the New Zealand ewe flock are high performance animals, many of them sitting on a metabolic knife-edge as they get closer to lambing, says Ben Allot, North Canterbury Vets.
Changes in a farm’s land use or policies which result in it having mostly young livestock could be disastrous in promoting the development of drench resistance.
Johne’s disease remains an issue for livestock farmers New Zealand-wide.
An Australian research project has identified compounds in Merino sheep wool that are attractive to blowflies.
Lamb daily growth rates on sheep farms in New Zealand are in a huge range — from as low as 80g to 350g or more per lamb per day. Getting to the top of this range requires attention to detail.
If African swine fever (ASF) hits New Zealand it will “absolutely and totally” obliterate our pork industry, says Freedom Farms general manager Hilary Pearson.
Nitrate poisoning usually occurs in late autumn or winter when nitrate levels in the feed are high, particularly during a flush of growth after a dry period.
Rural contractors have challenged MPI and Federated Farmers over the management of Mycoplasma bovis.
OSPRI is reminding farmers and lifestylers that they must register their newborn calves in the NAIT online system.
Massey veterinarian Kate Griffiths recently outlined the results of a six year trial looking at the ability of a ewe to survive as a productive animal until she is culled for age.
Triple drench resistance is present on a number of sheep farms Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Wormwise is dealing with.
Effective management of worms in sheep, cattle and other ruminants is no longer a one tool job.
Meadowslea Stud Angus, at Fairlie, says its third annual production cow sale saw solid demand from stud and commercial buyers at its onfarm sale on May 1.
While udders are vital for lamb survival, surprisingly little research has been done on udder health.
Vets NZ-wide are gearing up to help farmers comply with new rules on using local anesthetic while removing horn tissue from cattle.
Farmers spend many hours planning their lives around the farming year, but often health and safety is left out.
Herd improvement company CRV Ambreed claims its 2019 bulls offer farmers great options.
An update meeting on Mycoplasma bovis in Hamilton earlier this month, threw up several questions, not least where were all the farmers?
Pneumonia and pleurisy in sheep can be costly, but you can take steps to prevent it.
A new online tool is part of the quest to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.
Focus on the ewes with a lower body condition score (BCS).
A closer watch will be kept on the NAIT accounts of farmers and NAIT users who choose not to record or confirm livestock movements, warns OSPRI.