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21 09, 2020

Rural Vets bridging the gap with Animal Welfare Expectations

By |2020-09-21T11:30:31+12:00September 21st, 2020|Cows, Lifestyle, Sheep|0 Comments

There has been some publicity about the ability of agencies such as MPI in enforcing animal welfare through regulations that have come into force since October, 2018. The regulations allow infringement notices or prosecutions to have an associated penalty. Some campaigners have asserted that rural veterinarians are able to report such cases, but due to living in small rural committees and engaging in commercial relationships with offending farmers they are compromised.

7 10, 2019

Disbudding guidelines and law change

By |2020-07-30T12:00:41+12:00October 7th, 2019|Cows|0 Comments

By vet Dr Phil Reenie As of 1 October 2019, it will be a legal requirement that all cattle being disbudded/dehorned will need ‘an appropriately placed and effective local anaesthetic that is authorised by a veterinarian for the purpose of the procedure’. This is true for all methods of horn tissue removal including hot iron cautery, scoop dehorning, amputation dehorning and caustic paste; which is no longer appropriate. In addition to this, anyone disbudding/dehorning must:

20 02, 2018

Parasite Treatment

By |2020-07-21T13:28:54+12:00February 20th, 2018|Cows, Sheep, Worms|0 Comments

Parasite Treatment: Living in the Bay of Plenty brings with it stunning weather (for the most part!) and ideal conditions for all manner of plants to grow in abundance. However with such warm and moist weather, young stock need to eat a lot of grass to meet their growing requirements and will be exposed to “Plenty of Worms” so to speak. These internal parasites do a lot of damage to young animals in particular, which

19 02, 2018

Facial Eczema – Prevention and Management

By |2020-07-21T13:28:54+12:00February 19th, 2018|Cows, Facial Ezcema, Sheep|0 Comments

Facial eczema is caused by a toxin produced by the spores of a fungus growing on pasture.  When ingested by cattle and sheep, the toxin damages the liver and bile ducts. The damaged liver cannot rid the body of wastes and a breakdown product of chlorophyll builds up in the blood causing sensitivity to sunlight, which in turn causes inflammation of the skin. The resulting liver damage can severely affect their welfare, affect production and

17 10, 2017

Poisonous Plants and their risk to Sheep and Cattle

By |2020-07-30T12:00:43+12:00October 17th, 2017|Cows, Sheep|23 Comments

A story about poisonous plants and Milo McColl; a 4 week old lamb who was bottle fed and kept in back garden...... The case... A recent case I saw illustrates the problems and dangers of unknown plant ingestion by young ruminants. I picked up an early morning call from a worried owner. Her 4 week old pet lamb was “frothing at the mouth and falling over”. It had me rushing in to our Te Puna

15 10, 2017

Spring Parasites & management – be Wormwise!

By |2020-07-30T12:00:43+12:00October 15th, 2017|Cows, Deer, Goats, Sheep|2 Comments

Spring is the New Year for worms.  As the weather warms and spring rain continues, parasites at the larvae stage that have been slumbering in your pasture come to life and resume their life cycle. They multiply furiously through spring and summer. If not managed successfully, they can reach very high, potentially fatal numbers for your livestock later in the autumn. Management Plans The challenge is to minimise the impact that worms have on production,

22 08, 2017

Vaccination of Sheep & Cattle

By |2020-07-21T13:29:35+12:00August 22nd, 2017|Cows, Sheep|0 Comments

There are many infectious diseases that can affect cattle & sheep in New Zealand. The great news is that there are excellent vaccines to prevent many of these diseases.  Vaccination is an important part of your preventative medicine program for both animal & human health eg. leptospirosis, which can make people very ill. Some of the most common conditions we recommend vaccination for: Clostridial disease eg. Tetanus, pulpy kidney. These are environmental organisms can cause

7 05, 2017

Parasite Challenge: Ostertagia

By |2020-07-21T13:29:49+12:00May 7th, 2017|Cows, Diseases, Sheep|0 Comments

Parasites, like Ostertagia (brown stomach worm) pose a significant problem for all ruminant (cattle, sheep, deer) livestock grazing New Zealand pastures. Infestations of this parasite are harmful to productivity and can ultimately lead to death. It is noticeable from autumn, well into spring. Drenching allows for enhanced production as well as protecting the welfare of stock. The disease (known as Ostertagiasis) occurs in two forms, Type I and Type II disease. The type I form occurs

7 05, 2017

Tauranga Disease: B12 or Cobolt Deficiency

By |2020-07-30T12:00:47+12:00May 7th, 2017|Cows, Diseases, North Island, Sheep|0 Comments

Who knew we had our own disease?  Luckily it is a disease that we do not see too often anymore but the cause of it is still here and has the potential to affect livestock in our region. What is ‘Tauranga Disease’? Well it is also know as ‘Bush Sickness’. Historically this was a wasting illness that affected sheep and cattle in the central North Island. Such was its severity that in the late 19th

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