Cattle can be infected with several species of roundworms when grazing pastures.
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.
In a normal year, lambs do not require a drench at docking/tailing.
Total sales of veterinary and horticultural antibiotics in New Zealand have decreased for a fifth year in a row, dropping by 23% in 2022.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is seeking global partnerships as it works to revolutionise internal parasite management in the face of increasingly widespread drench resistance.
A Pukekohe deer farmer was recently fined $12,000 for not tagging 278 animals under the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.
A key factor in the dramatic failure of commonly used triple drenches is that these are not effective on 27% of New Zealand sheep farms.
Grass staggers (hypomagnesaemia – magnesium deficiency) or milk fever (hypocalcaemia – calcium deficiency) can affect beef cows around calving.
Abomasal bloat in lambs leads to excess gas in the abomasum, which causes it to expand like a balloon. This can rupture the abomasum wall and crush surrounding organs causing death.
Farmers are being encouraged to have their say on a proposal to move the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication programme into a National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) as it moves to a new phase.
Cold snaps can be challenging for newborn lambs, but an injection of dextrose can be a lifesaver for cold or weak lambs.
Farmers are being asked to get their crap – the ovine variety – together and participate in a facial eczema (FE) research project.
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.
Sheep farmers who would normally treat ewes with drench capsules before lambing are being urged to reconsider before reaching for the next long-acting alternative.
The country is in the tail end of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, according to the Government.
Cobalt (as vitamin B12) and selenium are well recognised as essential trace elements for successful sheep farming in NZ.
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).
Drench resistance is common.
Ewes' feeding requirements increase in the latter stages of pregnancy and even more so during lactation.
A man who allowed his ram’s horn to grow into its face, pushing its eye out, has been banned from owning stock animals for five years.
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.
Researchers at the University of Queensland are investigating ways to lift the low success rate of artificial insemination (AI) in sheep.
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.