AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses and parasites no longer respond to medicine, making them difficult or impossible to treat.

The Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), which regulates veterinarians and sets standards to support responsible antimicrobial use among veterinarians, is in the throes of developing a new strategy to minimize the risk of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in New Zealand animals.

Antibiotics are essential to the health of animals but using them excessively can lead to the emergence of resistant bacteria.

Total sales of veterinary and horticultural antibiotics in New Zealand have decreased for a fifth year in a row, dropping by 23% in 2022.

Cold snaps can be challenging for newborn lambs.

Cold snaps can be challenging for newborn lambs, but an injection of dextrose can be a lifesaver for cold or weak lambs.

Managing triplet-bearing ewes

The targeted management of triplet-bearing ewes in the four to six weeks before lambing can significantly increase the kilograms of lamb weaned and therefore dollars produced per ewe.

A new report from the Regulations Review Committee has recommended a review of how secondary legislation is developed under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

In the past year, farmers using MyOSPRI have created just over 15,000 electronic farm-to-meatprocessor and 1300 farm-to-farm Animal Status Declarations (ASDs).

Beef + Lamb NZ is advising farmers in Southland, Taihape and Hawke’s Bay to be on the lookout for diarrhoea and sudden death in their ewes as reported cases of Salmonella Hindmarsh rise.

The world authority on animal health has elevated the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI’s) Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) to the top tier of expertise in 2 major honey bee diseases.

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