Facial Eczema Risk Bulletin

for week ended 16 May 2022

  Feilding Awapuni Dannevirke Pahiatua Taumarunui Levin
 No. of sites monitored: 3 7 1 2   5
Average Spore Count 30,000 30,000 5,000 10.000   10.000
 Highest Spore Count: 50,000 80,000 5,000 10,000   20,000
 Lowest Spore Count: 0 5,000 5,000 5,000   5,000
Facial Eczema Risk Rating MED MED LOW LOW   LOW
Spore counts are dropping in most areas with hot spots at Rongotea and Longburn of 80,000 and 70,000 respectively and a few other monitor sites holding on.  AgResearch grass minimum temperatures from their monitor site over the weekend were above the optimal level of 12° for spore growth and MetService is predicting temperatures around 20° at Manawatu, Taumarunui, Levin and Wairarapa until Friday when we will see  a drop. Combine these with the rainfall we are getting and we could see another lift in spore counts.

Click here to open the full report that shows the counts on our sentinel sites.

Click here for advice on facial eczema prevention.

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 us if you would like more information on bringing in your own samples for testing.  

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