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Facial Eczema Risk Bulletin

Welcome to our Facial Eczema Spore Count Bulletin for 2023 – this article will be updated each week, so please revisit to see what the spore count is in your area.


Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, or IBR for short, is a highly infectious and contagious upper respiratory track and genital disease caused by a type of bovine herpesvirus (BoHV-1).

Reproductive efficiency in dairy herds

There are many things that can have an impact on a herd’s reproduction (or mating) results but in terms of what we can influence there are two broad headings – Submission rate and Conception rate

Improving sheep performance through vaccination

With 88% of NZ sheep farms having endemic Campy and 100% having Toxo, the vaccination of hoggets or maiden 2-tooths with Toxovax® and Campyvax4® is routine for the majority of sheep operations.

Dangers of heat stroke

Summer is a fun time for all, but the heat can be lethal to our pets. We really hope that knowing how to avoid heatstroke and being more aware of the risk factors and warning signs will help prevent unnecessary deaths.

Facial eczema – all you need to know

We have compiled a list of information on facial eczema, frequently asked questions, how we can help you prevent and manage the risk of facial eczema and what your preventative plan should include.

Government’s proposal on agricultural emissions

Government’s proposal on agricultural emissions In September we published the article He Waka Eke Noa – what does this have to do with animal health? This month’s announcements by Government to further consult on their changes to He Waka Eke Noa’s recommendations has stirred the farming community, some economists and those watching significant land use […]

He Waka Eke Noa – what does this have to do with animal health?

He Waka Eke Noa – what does this have to do with animal health? He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN), the farming sector’s climate action partnership with Government and Māori, has been established as an alternative to pricing agricultural emissions through the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). HWEN is recommending a farm-level pricing system […]

Lamb growth rate

Lamb growth rate A big influence on lamb growth rate from birth to weaning has already been set. The ewe body condition at lambing and the ewe feeding level coming into lambing for multiple ewes both impact on lactation. If there is still time to intervene the most important action is to lift the feeding […]