With the cost of supplement feed for your animals ever increasing its makes sense to keep wastage to a minimum, here are six ways to help:
Facial eczema is a disease that affects livestock (cattle, sheep, deer and goats are all susceptible) and is caused by a fungus with a very long name! - Pithomyces chartarum. You need to watch out for this disease, particularly with young stock, as in severe cases it can be fatal.
Here's seven things you need to know about the disease.
Well we have had a very wet spring this year, and all this rain combined with your four legged hooved animals will have undoubtedly caused some damage to your paddocks. This damage known as pugging occurs when the soil becomes waterlogged and cannot support the weight of the animal and their hooves push in to the soil. Pugging can reduce pasture production by as much as 40%. Here are a few steps you can take to minimise the damage to your pastures this spring.
With the majority of the country in a drought I have compiled a few tips to make things a bit easier around the farm or lifestyle block. During a drought it is very stressful not only on your animals but on you!
Here are some tips for coping in the big dry.
Here’s 10 point checklist for the water needs on your lifestyle block
Just like us, animals always need access to clean drinking water. Especially this time of year when the weather is heating up. Here’s a 10 key points to note about water for your animals.
With the worst of winter behind us and spring time nearing we are starting to see new born lambs and calves around the district.
This is the busiest time of the year for farmers and signals the start the milking season for dairy farmers. It also means the things can get a bit busier around the lifestyle block, especially if you have pregnant cows or ewes in your care.
The most important piece of equipment in your yards is your headbail. Choosing the correct headbail can make the difference between your stock handling going smoothly or not.
There are many types of headbail on the market from the large walk-thru types to smaller manual gate types. They all have their place depending on your situation.
So winter is upon us. The days are getting shorter, the temperature has dropped and we are getting the odd frost (and in some places snow!) and all these factors have slowed your grass growth considerably.
So now comes the time to supplement your animals food intake with the feed you conserved back in spring/summer when you had a lot.
As you might already be aware the NAIT (national animal identification and tracing) scheme comes into place on 1 July 2012. The scheme requires all cattle and deer to be tagged with an electronic ear tag.
“The NAIT scheme will link people, property and animals. It will be used in the event of a bio security outbreak, to quickly identify which animals have been in contact with the effected animals and where they are from, it’s all about safeguarding our New Zealand brand and farmers’ income.”
(sourced from: ) http://www.nait.co.nz
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.