Wiltshire breeder William Morrison says growing demand for the self-shedding sheep has been sparked by the very low price of wool.

The demand for Wiltshire sheep is “incredible and unbelievable”, according to the country’s major breeder of the sheep that sheds its wool.

MPI is reviewing a number of animal welfare codes and advice to farmers for issues like heat stress.

MPI says a significant amount of work is under way this year to update animal welfare codes and provide updated advice to farmers for issues such as heat stress.

Dairy farmer Rose Galloway rejects any suggestion that mastitis in cows isn't contagious.

Hawke's Bay dairy farmer Rose Galloway rejects any suggestion that mastitis in cows isn't contagious. A trained nurse, Galloway and her family milk 550 cows near Norsewood and says mastitis is caused by pathogens entering the cow's udder through the teat canal and can pass onto other cows. She explains:

 
Beef + Lamb NZ's Will Halliday says things could be shaping this season as a bad year for FE.

Facial eczema (FE) spore counts in some parts of the country are particularly high for this time of year and Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging farmers to be extra vigilant.

 
Warm, wet weather in many areas of the country creates the perfect conditions for flystrike and facial eczema.

Warm wet weather in many areas of the country creates the perfect conditions for the production-limiting diseases flystrike and facial eczema (FE).

A new test for Johne's disease is said to be more rapid and sensitive in detecting the infectious agent in Johne's disease.

A promising new test for Johne’s disease in dairy cattle has been developed at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast.

WormFEC Gold chair Allan Richardson

Sheep farmers should be investing in proven, worm resistant genetics this breeding season to future proof their businesses’ bottom lines.

Shareholders Tim Chamberlain (left) and Andrew Heard are opening up Mt Cass Station on 20 November to allow farmers to see how no-shear Wiltshires perform in a low-input environment.

At a time of depressed wool prices, more and more sheep farmers are looking at reducing costs – such as shearing and parasite control.

There's been a spike in recent weeks of people appearing before the courts on charges of mistreating farm animals. 

A one-size-fits-all vaccination programme does not suit different sheep systems, which all have different vaccine requirements.

Massey University is examining the economic impact and the production consequences of crossbreeding with Wiltshire sheep to a fully shedding flock.

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