Posts Categorized: Editorial

Housing Vaccinations

Housing can be a stressful time for cattle and farm teams, bringing with it a change in daily routine, diet and disease risk factors. Good planning to ensure herds are up to date with vaccinations and other routine treatments can prevent production losses over the winter. Closer contact between animals, reduced ventilation and damp environments… Read more »

Ram Fertility and Tupping

Targets The target for ram performance is >90% of ewes pregnant after the first breeding cycle. The most common cause of poor conception rates is due to a sub-fertile ram rather than infectious disease. Ram management Effective management of rams requires year-round attention – it’s easy to forget about the rams’ care. Make sure to… Read more »

Key points for keeping alpacas comfortable in summer

Shearing Shearing is often a time when various other husbandry tasks are undertaken – it is a great time to take stock of your camelids’ body condition, teeth condition, and to have a look at their skin that has been hidden underneath mounds of fleece all year. It is not necessarily the best day to… Read more »

Quarters – are they important for mastitis control?

Quarters – maybe you are thinking of the quarters of the udder? What if it is the quarterly time frame in which we routinely assess the milk quality parameters and mastitis case rates, helping to promote effective mastitis control on farm? The new industry lead initiative for mastitis control is called QuarterPRO. It involves the… Read more »

Go away and die, flies!

Few things get to me like flies do. They seem to have an arrogant, brazen, vindictive attitude; as if to say – “I’m here to make you miserable, and there is nothing you can do about it”. More annoyingly, they increasingly seem to be right about that! To start with, there is simply the stress… Read more »

How to spend or save on trace elements

flock of sheep

Production rates on farm are largely influenced by fertility and growth rates, both of which we can maximise in working alongside farmers. Common problems we encounter on farm which compromise these rates are inadequate nutrition for the stage of life, parasitism and disease. Trace elements, more specifically selenium, iodine, copper and cobalt, also play a… Read more »

The key to a successful lambing

A successful lambing requires both healthy ewes and healthy lambs! Strong, fit lambs are produced from ewes that have been well looked after ahead of lambing and have been free from diseases and problems. How do I know if my ewes are fit for lambing? Ewes should be in the correct body condition score at… Read more »

The ‘Normal’ Unpacking

The most exciting and nerve-wracking time of year is almost upon us, and we are probably all in agreement that the fields could do with some cria bouncing around to cheer the place up. One hopes that in all the chaos lately, that everyone has managed to get a hold of the essentials for the… Read more »

Looking ahead to turnout

As turnout approaches, we move our attention from diseases of housing (pneumonia, lice and ringworm) to those more prevalent during grazing and what we may do to lessen the risk or impact of these diseases to optimise herd performance in the forthcoming months. The primary diseases we concern ourselves with for this time of year are lungworm, leptospirosis and clostridial diseases