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Preparing the Calf shed for Calving

Calving shed products

Getting through calving is a little like running a marathon – it can be tough at times, you need to stay mentally strong even when exhausted, and to achieve your best, preparation is key. Firstly, organisation is essential, but this comes more naturally to some people than others. So, for those of you who struggle […]


WOF of the Bull Team

A trio of bulls

How well have your bulls come through the season, and how many may you need to replace at upcoming winter bull sales? Bulls should be inspected for their general health and overall physical appearance. Are they lame, has the conformation of their feet deteriorated, or are their claws overgrown? Do their hips appear normal, or […]


Managing Stags Post-rut

Managing stags post-rut

The feed requirement of stags during the roar has been less than half that of other times of the year. This is despite the huge energy investment that goes into protecting their patch and herding hinds (or fence pacing) as stags simply do very little eating over this time. Consequently they lose up to 30% […]


The Importance of Transitioning Properly

Nutrition and management during the transition period are important, but success is set several months in advance. When we speak about a season, we would normally say it starts on 1st August along with calving and it finishes on the 31st May at dry off. But we actually like starting our season on 1st January, […]


Zoonotic Disease around the Dairy Farm

All farms will have a health and safety plan in place which should cover off things including major on-farm hazards. One aspect of health and safety which can be overlooked, but can have an enormous impact on human health and wellbeing, is a zoonotic disease. A zoonotic disease is one that can be spread from […]


Long-acting Drench Capsules – Should I Use Them?

Long-acting drench capsules have long been used in ewes at or around lambing. Their success results from reducing the periparturient rise (PPR) in parasite eggs being passed by ewes before and after lambing. The PPR occurs from a lowering of the ewes’ immune system from late gestation until soon after lambing. The period of the PPR […]


Feline Panleukopenia Virus

With vaccination rates increasing in the small animal world, it would be nice to think that the occurrence of feline panleukopenia or feline parvovirus, is a thing of the past but that is not the case. Veterinary teams across Vetlife clinics in the South Island have seen many cases recently. This disease, also known as […]


Winter Kennelling

Winter is approaching and it is time to make sure you have stored enough firewood, put a woollen underlay back on your bed and dug out your raincoat from behind the seat in the ute. It is great to come home after a day out in the cold, perhaps out in the rain, to a […]


Transition Cow Mineral Mixes

As the season passes by, it becomes more important to ensure all our spring planning is well underway. Tasks such as late-season condition scoring, milk quality reviews and decisions on dry cow are all key tasks that impact spring. Something that is often overlooked is mineral supplementation in late gestation and early lactation. We often […]


Iodine and Selenium Supplementation in Sheep Flocks

Outside of fine wool production, lambing percentage and concurrent lamb survival are key drivers of sheep profitability on many New Zealand sheep farms. The trace element status of ewes pre-tup and through pregnancy may have a profound effect on ovulation rate, implantation rate, embryo survival through pregnancy, and, ultimately, the overall health of the newborn […]


The Perfect Diet for Dairy Farms

A farmer asked me for the perfect diet. I, myself, had been trying for the perfect diet for my last eight years of winter milking in our barn before we sold our dairy farm. What a question, extremely exciting. Is the perfect diet the most milk, the greatest profit, the best in-calf rate, the perfect […]


System Heats after a Positive Pregnancy Diagnosis

While pregnancy testing, we often find cows that are pregnant but not to their most recent insemination. In the past, we have put this down to inaccurate records, incorrect heat detection or the known but rare cases of cows showing heat while pregnant. We now have herds with automated heat detection, in the form of […]



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