South Island farmers are currently achieving greater success than those in the North in controlling Taenia ovis (sheep measles), according to the latest analysis by the Ovis Management programme.
Travellers are no longer allowed to bring personal consignments of any meat products from Indonesia into New Zealand.
Farners are being reminded to be particularly stringent with their on-farm biosecurity as foot and mouth disease spreads through popular tourist destination Bali and other parts of Indonesia.
Tiny nanoparticles less than a thousandth of a millimetre in size are providing a promising new method to protect sheep against flystrike, according to University of Queensland research.
Metabolic diseases primarily affect ewes in late pregnancy and sometimes early lactation. These can have a huge economic impact on a farming operation - especially if there are large losses of capital stock. In the second of two articles, we take a look at hypocalcaemia and hypomagnesaemia.
Metabolic diseases primarily affect ewes in late pregnancy and sometimes early lactation. These can have a huge economic impact on a farming operation - especially if there are large losses of capital stock. In the first of two articles, we take a look at pregnancy toxaemia.
In the lead up to lambing season, farmers are being advised not to blanket drench ewes, particularly with long-acting drench products.
Having the ability to target feed ewes that will offer the best return on investmnt is one of the main benefits of pregnancy scanning - but there are others.
With canine cough having a resurgence around the country the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) is reminding dog owners to keep an eye out for symptoms.
Toxoplasmosis is the second most common cause of abortion in sheep.
The commonly reported abortion rate in the New Zealand sheep flock is between 1-2%, although in ‘abortion storms’ a single flock can abort 25-40%. This represents a significant loss or wastage.
NZ's pig farming sector believes if a new draft welfare code for pigs is adopted it could spell the end of the country's pork industry.
Should twins born to ewe hoggets and grown out to heavy weights be retained as replacements and mated as ewe lambs?
The two associations representing NZ's crop protection and animal health industries will merge this month.
Ensuring rams are in peak condition prior to mating will help maximise their performance and their contribution to the genetic improvement of the commercial flock.
Livestock researchers around the world can now remotely detect ryegrass staggers in sheep using on-animal sensors.
Late autumn is an ideal time to do a feed budget to help meet livestock performance targets and set up pastures for spring.
Despite the potential advantages of mating hoggets nationally, only about one third of these young ewes are put to the ram each year.
Gordon Levet is a Northland sheep farmer and ram breeder who has spent a lifetime breeding sheep for worm resistance and facial eczema (FE) tolerance. He began breeding for worm resistance in 1987, recognising that there was a genetic component to a sheep's ability to tolerate worms and this has shaped…
The Ovis Management programme, which works to promote control of sheep measles across New Zealand, has appointed a new project manager.
A pair of Massey University students have developed game-changing technology that helps dairy farmers monitor their cow health remotely.
Livestock farmers are being urged to plan ahead for possible meat processing disruption due to Covid-19.
Johne's Disease is a chronic, contagious and sometimes fatal infection of cattle, sheep, deer and goats.
Conditions are ripe for facial eczema to become a problem for dairy farmers in the coming weeks, says James Allen, AgFirst.