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.

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

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

A Massey University study is looking at the production consequences of crossbreeding with Wiltshire sheep to a fully shedding flock.

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

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.

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.

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.

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