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Targeted selective treatment

Resistance to worm drenches is a well recognised issue in the sheep industry, but it is also starting to become more common amongst mobs of dairy heifer replacements in their first season’s grazing.  Unfortunately, New Zealand leads the world in the occurrence of drench resistance amongst cattle parasites.  Although there are a lot of factors […]

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Swayback in lambs

Ewes that undergo copper deficiency during pregnancy can give birth to offspring with congenital nervous system disease. Lambs may appear normal at birth, and they may not express neurological disease until they are 1 week to several months of age (even though the condition is a result of deficiency of the dam) – this is […]

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Managing stags to maximise velvet production

Velvet production is highly heritable, meaning that much of the velvet weight and characteristics achievable from your stags are due to their genetics – however, for them to express their genetic potential they require optimal feeding. Good feeding rewards good breeding. Of course, good feeding is important at all ages and stages to ensure target […]

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Animal Monitoring – the game changer

Automated heat detection, real-time health monitoring, virtual fencing – technology has arrived in the dairy industry, and it is here to stay! We now have the ability to accurately monitor individual cows in real time by using this advanced equipment to observe, assess and refine our systems to achieve our goals, whatever they may be. […]

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Conception: It’s all about timing!

As we move through calving, our attention (hopefully) starts to focus on mating. While for most of us it is still 6 weeks away, our success depends largely on the combination of two factors – submission rates along with conception rates. Sadly, we are often most preoccupied with submission rates and accept that, if we […]

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Novel drench use in R1 calves

  Many farming systems have designated youngstock properties or areas of the farm where youngstock do most of their rotational grazing. Whilst this is a sound and practical way of managing the all-important formative years of your cattle, it is not always the best way to manage the unseen challenge lurking beneath – that is […]

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Post-drench checks

A faecal egg count performed 10-14 days after a drench is a simple and cost-effective means of checking that the drench you are using is working. This can be done either after your pre-weaning or weaning lamb drench or at 50-70 days after capsule insertion. The utilisation of this procedure is becoming more and more […]

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BCS and mating

New Zealand’s pasture-based dairy system is characterised by a seasonal calving pattern that matches pasture growth, starting in the spring and, of course, finishing in the autumn.  The aim of this type of system is to have a calving interval no longer than 365 days. To be able to achieve this target, it is necessary […]

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