Facial Eczema Risk Bulletin #15
for week ended 29 April 2018

 No. of sites monitored:   6
 Average Spore Count:   30,000
 Highest Spore Count:   60,000  
 Lowest Spore Count:   0
 Weekly Rainfall (mm):     0.2mm
(Source: AgResearch PN)
 No. Days Grass Min Temp > 12°C   2
(Source: AgResearch PN)
 Weekly Ave Grass Min Temp:  11C (Source: AgResearch PN)

Facial Eczema Risk Rating

Only six sites from the Southern area were sampled last week with the highest spore count coming in at 60,000sp/gm at Okuku North.  As all sites were not sampled we cannot advise that the risk is low enough to stop facial eczema protection in all areas.  On Monday 7th May the Longburn site increased to 70,000sp/gm from 35,000sp/gm the previous week and the Linton/Tokomaru site came in at a low 5,000 for the third week.

On some farms there will likely be cows and sheep that were sub-clinically affected that will struggle with the stresses of the calving and lambing process. Stock may fail to gain condition. Be mindful of this and talk to your vet if you think this may be the case or if a problem arises.

This is our last bulletin of the season but we will continue to process your grass if you want to make sure your count is coming down.

 Thank you to all the clients that send us in grass each week from their sentinel farm.  Without this grass we would not have a report

Check the table below for all site results. 

North South 2018


MAN FE SCT 15/18 

GMT and Rainfall 15/18

Weekly Ave GMT 15/18

Sentinel Farm Results 2018

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For this report in PDF format pdf FE Risk Bulletin 15/18 (0.70MB)

Spore counts can vary greatly between properties and even between paddocks.  We encourage farmers to bring in grass samples to get a more accurate idea of the facial eczema risk on their own property.  Contact Totally Vets if you would like more information on bringing in your own samples for testing.