Sunday, 08 November 2015 16:04

Get ready for the big dry!

Written by 
NZVA is advising farmers to hope for the best, but plan for the worst... NZVA is advising farmers to hope for the best, but plan for the worst...

Vets are encouraging farmers to prepare for a dry summer and to figure out how best to manage livestock through this time.

The NZ Veterinary Association (NZVA) says forecasters are predicting that the already strong El Nino conditions of spring 2015 will continue over summer and into autumn 2016 and it could rank amongst the four strongest El Nino events recorded along with 1972-73, 1982-83 and 1997-98.

"During El Nino NZ tends to experience stronger or more frequent winds from the west in summer, leading to drier conditions in the north and east, and more rain in the west," it warns.

"El Nino will increase the chances of more frequent and extreme weather events -- such as flooding and drought -- so you need to think about how you will manage your way through."

NZVA is advising farmers to "hope for the best, but plan for the worst".

"Look after your animals and regularly monitor their condition. The responsibility for ensuring the health and welfare of animals rests with the owner and person in charge. Animals need adequate feed and water and access to shade and shelter, important during adverse events."

The vets also urge farmers to check for seasonal problems such as facial eczema, footrot and flystrike and give thought to parasite control.

"Ask your vet if you're concerned about the health or welfare of your animals," it says. "If you are unsure where to go for advice or assistance visit the NZVA website or see your local vet.

"Feed is the key: know how much and what type of feed you will need. Organise the purchase and delivery of feed supplies before you absolutely need to."

Farmers are also advised to make decisions early and take action and to use water efficiently and plan for water restrictions.

"Monitor seasonal forecasts, extreme weather and fire warnings," NZVA concludes. "Ask for help if you need it."

www.nzva.org.nz 

More like this

Vets may choose Oz over NZ

Border restrictions are putting a roadblock in the way of getting more veterinarians to New Zealand and some are even choosing to go to Australia instead, a recruitment consultant says.

Farmers to wield the needle from October 2019

Farmers will be able to administer a local anaesthetic for disbudding or dehorning, if they are trained, when new regulations come into force on October 1, 2019, says NZ Veterinary Association chief veterinary officer Helen Beattie.

National

The 'Show' won't go on

Cancelling the New Zealand Agricultural (Canterbury A&P) Show for the second consecutive year because of Covid is devastating to many…

RSE flights ramp up

Quarantine free flights, bringing much-needed Pacific Island workers to New Zealand, are being ramped up.

Machinery & Products

Keeping everyone safe

As tractors get larger and front linkage kits become more common, many have started fitting underrun or collision protection systems.

Keeping stock and drivers safe

Livestock haulers are a crucial link in the New Zealand agriculture supply chain, transporting stock onto or between farms, to…

Making lamb marking easy

Designed by a sheep and beef farmer, Vetmarkers are made in New Zealand and sold around the world.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Flag it!

OPINION: Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor tried to keep his latest overseas jaunt secret squirrel.

Oh dear!

OPINION: This old mutt suggests that farmers' growing discontent with Beef+Lamb NZ's performance is going to reach fever peak after…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter