• Xylitol poisoning in dogs

    Do you use peanut butter to disguise pills for your dog, or have sugar free gum lying around?  Well, beware! Xylitol, a common sugar substitute, is potentially lethal to dogs! Xylitol can b... Read More
  • Foaling time

    When something’s off, newborn foals can deteriorate very quickly compared to adult horses. It’s important to have a good grasp of what’s normal and what isn’t, and assess... Read More
  • Worm management to weaning – ewes and lambs

    Last month we very quickly touched on drenching lambs . Here we continue the discussion… Ewes’ immunity to worms can ‘slip’ in late pregnancy and early lactation. Where... Read More
  • Lifestyle block facilities

    When owning large animals, it is important that good handling facilities are available. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to build some on your own property – consider borr... Read More
  • Theileria

    There have been many new cases of Theileria on farms in Manawatu this season. Most of the affected cows had a history of grazing off-farm over the winter (i.e. often outside of the region where ... Read More
  • The ewe from here

    A big cost to any breeding enterprise is the feed that is consumed by the dams. Ewes eat a lot to just maintain themselves. But the longer that they are not being fed above maintenance the less ... Read More
  • Reproductive well-being of your dairy herd

    A critical factor in the financial performance of your dairy herd is how effectively they become pregnant following calving. In the extreme, a cow that does not conceive means no milk next season ... Read More
  • BVD in beef herds

    On many of our farms BVD remains a much greater risk to productivity and animal health than the recent M. bovis outbreak.  BVD can appear and in many shapes and forms, or it can remain hidd... Read More
  • Lameness in dairy cows

    Lameness is an important issue for the dairy industry in New Zealand (NZ) with huge numbers of cows seen by veterinarians each year. A study from Taranaki published in 2008 found that the most c... Read More
  • Winter working dog health

    Keeping working dogs warm overnight is an important aspect of husbandry that can sometimes be overlooked. When the ambient temperature inside the kennel drops below 20°C – not that cold!... Read More

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