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.
A small, Auckland research firm is developing a more sensitive test for Mycoplasma bovis.
Farmers are being urged to consider delaying pre-lamb shearing this winter as feed resources in many parts of the country are already stretched.
Breeding hoggets at eight months of age can improve a ewe’s lifetime productivity.
While breeding hoggets can potentially increase the number of lambs weaned and income – it needs to be well managed to be successful.
Extreme weather conditions are increasing the twin risks of internal parasites and fly strike on sheep.
Strict hygiene standards on dairy farms will be an important part of long-term export market protection, say award-winning Waikato farmers Adrian and Pauline Ball.
During the past three decades, there has been a marked shift from saturation, to low-volume dipping methods.
There is no “one-size fits all” approach when it comes to effective prevention and treatment of flystrike.
What you need to know about transporting cull cows.
Warm summer temperatures bring with them the heightened risk of the production-limiting disease Facial Eczema (FE).