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.
I recently noticed one of my lambs was acting a little strange, after a quick inspection I found the poor fulla has a case of fly strike. He is all better now, here is a short blog on the nasty condition.
What is fly strike?
It’s a horrible condition that occurs when blowflies lay their eggs in the wool, when hatched the larvae or maggots eat the skin causing a nasty wound in the animal.
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 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.
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.
When you are new to farming, it may seem a daunting task to go and purchase livestock from a saleyard.
Crowds of people moving from pen to pen, stock agents rattling off facts and figures and the worry of buying a whole herd by accidentally itching your forehead.
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.