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FE Monitoring

Over the last few days we have carried out our first spore counts of the season. Sites counted were in the Turakina Valley, Rangitikei river flats at Hunterville and Mangaweka and north facing Hunterville hill country. These sites tend to be our known “hotspots”. As one might expect given the weather we have experienced with […]

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Fit for transport and slaughter

I was recently contacted by a member who had received a letter from MPI regarding a ewe that had been sent to the works but was unable to bear weight on one leg. Such an animal does not meet the standards for being suitable for transport. Just a reminder, as for cattle, all other types […]

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Theileria update

Following our report in last months newsletter as predicted, although a little faster than we were expecting, we have identified several further cases of Theileria at properties in Waituna West, along the Rangitikei river and in Fordell. In two of these cases the problem is likely to have arrived following the purchase of infected stock […]

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Eczema Update

As of the 1st of March, spore counts had risen at some known ‘hotspots’ around Hunterville and were approaching dangerous levels. This is however somewhat related to rainfall received. In many areas not enough moisture has been present. However counts could rise rapidly with the correctconditions of heat and moisture. On the brighter side we […]

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Welfare Issues

There is little doubt that animal welfare issues fuelled by the media, TV programmes, etc are becoming an area of  concern that should worry every farmer or animal owner. What was once considered acceptable to a population with a very strong rural background may often not be deemed acceptable today, especially when observed by urban dwellers. […]

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Leptospirosis in Deer

Following on from the cases of lepto in sheep, studies by Massey University have confirmed that leptospirosis is a production limiting disease in deer. The most important finding was that infected herds have significantly reduced weaner growth rates when compared to vaccinated or clear herds. For this reason alone lepto vaccination of deer herds has […]

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Flea Problems

Last summer a number of clients experienced problems with   severe flea infestations on dogs and cats. Things got particularly bad as summer progressed and flea populations built up. Attacking fleas early this year would be a good idea. Spray kennels and surrounding areas, wash bedding etc, and consider starting some form of quality flea control […]

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El Nino??

The pundits / experts seem to be convinced El Nino is on its way!! How will it affect this part of the country is up for debate!! At this stage farmers need to keep up with the play and plan ahead and constantly revise their plans as conditions change. In past droughts, those who made […]

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A Stitch In Time Saves Nine!!

This certainly applies to animal health as in many other areas of life. At this time of year delays attending to sick or pregnant animals can result in the rapid escalation of the problem and consequently the costs eventually incurred in rectifying the situation. As we are all aware dairy farmers in particular need to […]

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Vets On 4 Wheelers

As we are obligated to do as a business we are reviewing our work and safety policies. One area of real contention is our vets riding on 4 wheelers which, according to some reports, we should not be doing!! However it is our belief that this is the safest and in many cases only way […]

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