Keep an animal health diary and record all sickness, treatments, drench times and products used, vaccinations etc. This will be invaluable guidance next year and is also very helpful information for a vet in the event of sick animals requiring a visit. If sharing products or equipment with fellow lifestyle block farmers remember to be
Our veterinarians are experienced in a diverse range of animals and animal health diseases, conditions and requirements. Our four clinics cater to the needs of farming clients with smaller numbers of stock for a wide range of animal health products. Call in to your local Vet Centre and ask for a copy of our Lifestyler’s Advice book.
Facial Eczema is a summer/autumn problem and is caused by fungal spores in the leaf litter of pasture multiplying and being ingested by grazing animals. The fungus releases a toxin which damages the liver. Pastures can be tested by us for FE spores. Stock on at risk pastures should be treated before the risk period
Fly strike is a problem for sheep through the summer and autumn months and they should be treated through the risk period with a preventative product. Blowflies lay eggs on the fleece (usually down the mid back and crutch areas) which hatch into maggots. The maggots burrow into the flesh. This is easily prevented with
The advice contained in this section should not be considered a complete guide to lifestyle farming; this is a collection of information put together as a basic guide. The topics covered are only a portion of the diseases and problems which may affect stock and vet advice should always be sought in the event of
Clostridial Diseases are significant killers of livestock. Some exist as spores in the soil for decades and others survive for a lifetime in otherwise healthy carriers. The 5 common clostridial diseases are; Pulpy Kidney, Tetanus, Blackleg, Malignant Oedema and Black Disease. Using a 5 in 1 clostridial vaccine will protect both sheep and cattle from