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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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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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Safer Farms – Free Meeting In Bulls

  Safer Farms The rules have changed What do we have to fear? What do we have to do? What do we need know?   David Kirk -from Work Safe, who has great empathy with farmers and Paul Sharland -an Independent Health and Safety Advisor will have answers and practical advice.   FREE   at […]

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Spore Counts Update 09.03.15

Spore counts before the rain over the weekend remained low. Further moisture and warm temperatures this week could possibly see some elevation in counts begin to occur.   Take care if you have had significant levels of moisture and have warm sheltered areas known to be eczema hotspots.

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Work and Safety Changes

Many of you are probably aware that changes are planned in the area of health and safety in the work environment. Work Safe NZ has been formed to replace OSH and they appear to have a much more aggressive and focused attitude in terms of enforcing regulations (especially pertaining to farming) if a recent meeting […]

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WHAT’S HAPPENED TO WINTER???

The conditions we have experienced in the last few weeks have been just what the doctor ordered to assist in getting back on track after a very difficult period. Grass growth in mid to late July was at rates we would normally expect in late August (this is in line with soil temperatures too!!). Stock […]

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NAIT Tag System??

It appears people are just starting to wake up to what is actually involved with meeting the demands of this programme. I trust all those calves picked up from dairy farms have been downloaded off the dairy herds and onto your records, and that you have confirmed your purchase of cattle since the scheme started!! […]

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A Very Slow Winter!!

From my observations, growth rates in June are well below average, in fact the lowest I have ever seen.  Fortunately things have improved significantly through July with some periods of warm rain and far less frosts. On many farms feed covers especially for sheep, are marginal, although a fresh tinge of green is appearing. It is […]

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Take Care with Slug Bait

Take Care with Slug Bait

Slug baits are very widely used in pasture renovation and cropping programmes. These baits are toxic to all mammals including dogs, sheep, cattle and horses and we have warned about the threat of poisoning in previous newsletters. An incidence of poisoning in Hawkes Bay is worth bringing to your attention as it demonstrates how ugly […]

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