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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.

15 10, 2019

Back to back emergency C-sections make for a busy day at the office

By |2020-07-30T12:00:41+12:00October 15th, 2019|Dogs, Sheep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It was all hands on deck on Tuesday last week, with not one but two emergency C-Sections performed successfully in the space of a couple of hours. The lives of both the animals (a sheep and a Rottweiler cross) depended on the emergency C-sections and it’s fair to say what started as a relatively quiet Tuesday morning turned into a very unique situation.

19 03, 2019

Autumn Farm Animal Health Issues

By |2020-07-30T12:00:42+12:00March 19th, 2019|Lifestyle, Sheep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome to March! And the cooler, hopefully, a little wetter Autumn months. Autumn can bring relief to the farm as we get some much needed rain along with the warm air and ground temperatures which make it the optimal time for grass growth. But Autumn is also a time that we need to be aware of some potential health issues that may affect your livestock

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

16 10, 2017

Flystrike Prevention in Lambs & Sheep

By |2020-07-21T13:29:34+12:00October 16th, 2017|Sheep|0 Comments

Flystrike challenge normally occurs from November through to March during the warm humid conditions that favour the rapid increase in blowfly populations. Blowflies lay eggs on the fleece (usually down the mid back and crutch areas) which hatch into maggots. The maggots burrow into the flesh. This is easily prevented with the use of a fly strike prevention pour on and will save your stock from the unpleasant effects of fly strike. Early signs of

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,

9 10, 2017

Footrot in Sheep & Goats

By |2020-07-30T12:00:43+12:00October 9th, 2017|Goats, Sheep|0 Comments

Footrot is a significant welfare concern, and is estimated to cost the NZ sheep industry $11 million per year. This cost is in production loss and treatment - a hefty burden on NZ sheep farmers. Treatment Options: Treatment options typically include antibiotics.  Antibiotics vary in their effectiveness, and none have shown to be 100% effective in fixing this industry problem. A strategic goal of the New Zealand Veterinary Associate is to reduce reliance on antibiotics

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