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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Faecal egg counting (FEC) for cattle and sheep is an increasingly important tool in the ongoing battle to slow or delay the onset of drench resistance. Technology is evolving quickly in this area with several “new” methods emerging. Manual FEC, using a modified McMaster technique, is the age-old tried and true method for monitoring parasite […]
Nutrition for cats and dogs
Why is nutrition important? The correct balance of nutrients in pet food is essential for normal growth and function. Without adequate nutrition, your pet would not be able to maintain muscle tone, build and repair muscles, teeth, and bone, or fight off infection. Cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements based on their life stage, […]
Pasteurisation – is it time to consider?
What is pasteurisation? It is a process whereby milk is heated to a certain temperature for a certain period of time thus killing bacteria and viruses. There are two types of pasteurisation: High Temp Heat Treatment (HTHT) or “flash” pasteurisation which works on a continuous flow process. It is short and quick, heating milk to […]
Fonterra Co-operative Difference – How your veterinarian can assist in achievement of level one and two
If you are a Fonterra supplier, you should have been notified over the past couple of months about changes around the Fonterra Co-operative Difference, both in how it is structured and how payment is made. This is a framework that Fonterra are using to ensure that on-farm practices support the achievement of their strategy. It […]
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