Ill thrift is a term used to describe when stock grow at a slower growth rate than expected, given their feed allocation.
Dannevirke dairy farmer Tania Cresswell manages her parents’ 55ha dairy farm at Papatawa, milking 160 predominately Holstein Friesian cows.
As ram buying season gets underway, Beef+Lamb New Zealand is encouraging farmers in at-risk areas to consider including Facial Eczema (FE) resistance in their selection criteria.
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.
New Zealand owned and operated company Alleva Animal Health is claiming a series of world-firsts with four new drench formulas that come together in a drench programme for cattle.
As this season’s lamb crop hits the ground, farmers are being urged to make an internal parasite management plan for the coming season.
BVD is a common but devastating viral infection of cattle.
A local vet recruitment agency says the vet shortage situation in the country is getting more dire by the day.
A one-size-fits-all vaccination programme does not suit different sheep systems, which all have different vaccine requirements.
Strong wool growers wanting to introduce merino genetics, to take advantage of more lucrative fine wool prices, can now do so with confidence.
Undetected drench resistance is costing the NZ sheep sector almost $50 million a year — and it may only get worse.
Massey University is examining the economic impact and the production consequences of crossbreeding with Wiltshire sheep to a fully shedding flock.
Even more doubt has been cast on the economic value of drenching ewes with long-acting products, following a recent jointly-funded Beef + Lamb New Zealand study.
With lambing and calving about to start, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers of the importance of providing ewes and cows with suitable, well-sheltered areas for lambing and calving.
The ewe is under her greatest nutritional and metabolic stress in late pregnancy and in early lactation.
As farmers strive to maximise their lamb survival, interest in orphan lamb rearing systems has been steadily growing.
North Otago calf rearer Jared Ovens believes the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak has led to more farmers embracing animal traceability.
Collection of dead calves from farms around the country has stopped with farmers and the recycling company blaming each other for the impasse.
Severe feed shortages in parts of the country mean many ewes are on a nutritional knife-edge heading into lambing and could be at risk of developing metabolic disorders.
Cases of nitrate poisoning are being reported in the Hawke’s Bay region after recent rain.
A pilot study investigating the potential of a facial eczema (FE) tolerance test is being launched this month.
AgResearch scientist Dr Dave Leathwick believes there’s a strong case for thinking twice about the practice that is routinely carried out by around 80% of sheep farmers as part of their pre-lamb animal health treatments.
Requiring that all dogs on sheep farms be treated every four weeks for sheep measles is a significant step in reducing the impact of the parasite, says Dan Lynch.