Animal Health

Continue doing what you do best

You’ve already made great genetic gains. You’ve improved your milk production, built a better herd, and are on track for further improvements.

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Agritrade: FE risks grow with El Nino

The window for facial eczema is often misconstrued. With El Nino conditions forecast to last well into the end of autumn this year, hot dry conditions followed by warm rain, could see increases in fungal growth and spore production be a risk over an extended period.

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Worms: Follow the sheep

Practices that dramatically lower ingested worm numbers in cattle are vital if the reliance on drench is to be reduced. The rapid rise in triple drench resistance in the national sheep flock is a warning. Anne Lee reports.

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Shining a light on lungworm

Lungworm is an underestimated and often forgotten parasite in New Zealand, Dr Lisa Whitfield writes.

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Protecting against a new strain of leptospirosis

A new strain of leptospirosis has significant health implications for anyone working closely with dairy cows.

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Are biting flies a nuisance on your farm?

There’s a fly that hangs around cows at milking and it’s irritating to both humans and bovines, writes vet Lisa Whitfield.

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Protect what matters most with Lepto 4-Way™

Lepto 4-Way™ is a new vaccine for cattle, developed to provide protection against the emergence of Pacifica as well as the Hardjo, Pomona and Copenhageni strains previously covered by existing vaccines.

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Feeding calves

On-Farm Research at the Poukawa Research Farm did much pioneering research on calf rearing from the mid 1990s, rearing about 8000 calves across a wide range of trials. Paul Muir offers his thoughts on what is still relevant to current calf rearers

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Importance of colostrum

Failure of calves to get sufficient colostrum and acquire early immunity is a world-wide problem, Paul Muir writes.

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Close to the cow

With the change of season, look at upgrading your liners.

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