Animal Health

Episode 12 – Top tips for tupping in the dry from two farmers & a vet

Are you having to balance a lack of feed and holding ewe condition in a dry Autumn? This episode is jam-packed with technical knowledge from two farmers and a veterinarian. Mark Zino shares how to juggle feeding grain and silage to not overdo it, Alistair Bird shares why he’s not mating his ewe hoggets this season, and vet Peter Anderson of Marlborough gives key tips for tupping, teaser rams, timing and triplets.

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BONUS – Connecting soil nutrients, feed quality and animal performance with Melinda Turner

In a special bonus episode, independent nutrient advisor Melinda Turner helps balance animal health with the soil nutrients we are applying to ensure we aren’t curbing the animal’s performance in the meantime.

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Episode 9 – Integrated farm plans – compliance or positioning your farm for potential opportunities?

Country-Wide editor, Rebecca Greaves is taking their farm through integrated farm plan workshops in 2024. In this episode she speaks with Rachel Joblin of BakerAg, Sara Clarke from the Ministry for the Environment, and Annie Cates, Wairarapa sheep & beef farmer, about what integrated farm plans are, how they work, how the Ministry for the Environment plans to align with MPI to achieve them.

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Episode 8 – The ticking time bomb of drench resistance

A recent national report showed that a third of sheep farmers have triple drench resistance. Rebecca Greaves and Sarah Perriam-Lampp uncover what that means for you, discussing the financial impacts of drench resistance with Wairarapa vet Sara Sutherland, drench management plans with Clive Bingham of Zoetis NZ, and worm control with Ginny Dodunski, Wormwise Programme Manager.

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What to do with tail end ewes?

In light of a rapid rise in levels of drench resistance, Ginny Dodunski of Wormwise investigates alternatives to help light breeding ewes.

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Sheep measles: A risk to markets

All dog owners can play a part in reducing sheep measles.

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Time to soak up the blame

Spring is an important part of the year because of the impact it has on the rest of the year and beyond, vet Trevor Cook writes.

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Controlling dark forces

The traditional drench families that have served fine wool farmers well are losing efficacy, but drench-resistant internal parasites can still be fought, writes Dave Robertson.

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Isolating ewe wastage

Identifying exact ewe wastage percentages and their cause remains difficult, vet Rachael Fouhy writes.

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Feeding calves

On-Farm Research at the Poukawa Research Farm did much pioneering research on calf rearing from the mid 1990s, rearing about 8000 calves across a wide range of trials. Paul Muir offers his thoughts on what is still relevant to current calf rearers

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