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Poorly designed and inadequately maintained calf sheds will compromise animal health and put added pressure on calf rearers. A bit of thought and planning now can make life a lot easier come the spring.   From bedding to guttering, cleaning to lighting – here’s a checklist to get you started. Make sure your sheds are […]

No matter the size of your property, the short days of winter are a critical time to safeguard both your pastures and livestock for the productive time of spring. With poor growing conditions around the country rationing and feeding according to need is likely to be more important to lifestylers with grazing livestock this winter […]

Magnesium (Mg) is an important mineral that has many functions within the body, including nerve and muscle function, immune system function and bone health. As magnesium relaxes nerve impulses after transmission, a minor deficiency can manifest itself as excitability and nervousness in cows, whereas excessive intakes can cause sedation, with cows becoming more lethargic and […]

Shorter days and colder temperatures mean now is the perfect time to think about your horse’s daily nutritional requirements over winter. Colder weather puts extra demands on metabolism, meaning more energy is required for daily activities and most horses will need additional calories to maintain optimum condition. Making dietary adjustments now and altering the diet […]

Ironically the tiniest of organisms – bacteria, fungi and viruses – can inflict some of the greatest physical and economic harm to our livestock sectors. Close to 100,000 cattle were culled in the first year alone of the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme. In September 2019, Type 1 bursal disease virus (IBDV Type 1) was confirmed […]

As a Nutritionist, a great part of my job is helping farmers get the best out of their animals. I get a lot of questions from people new to keeping chickens, so I thought it was worth sharing some answers. Do I have to offer my chickens oyster shell grit if they are on a […]

Facial eczema is a condition caused by the spores of a fungus commonly found living on ryegrass. Hot and humid weather triggers the fungus to ramp up spore production, so spore numbers can explode given the right conditions. The most obvious sign of the disease is sunburn in ruminant animals, which is where the somewhat […]

The settled weather of summer means that for most horse owners it is their busiest time, with the daylight hours giving more time for riding and most equestrian disciplines having full event calendars. While New Zealand summer temperatures are milder than in some parts of the world, they can reach significant heights in some areas […]

There are three phases in a calf’s life that are all equally important to reach targets —  the ‘nursery phase’ for the first 60 days, the ‘transition phase” from 60 to 90 days and the ‘grower phase’ from 3 to 8 months onwards. It is important to focus on strategies to keep calves growing quickly, […]

It is that time of the year when we like to treat our loved ones but what about your chooks, surely they deserve a Christmas treat too? Products available can stimulate chickens to exhibit more of their natural behaviours, increase their enjoyment of life and improve their health and wellbeing. Poultry Peckers Chickens can get […]