Managing the Facial Eczema Risk Fungus spores, responsible for Facial Eczema, grow quickly in warm moist conditions. This can be triggered by as little as 4 – 5mm of rain or heavy dew and 2 – 4 nights of grass temperatures of 12-13 oC. However, a slow build-up of spores over a period of time
We are able to provide extensive experience and advice to our sheep farmers regarding parasite control, disease management and successful reproduction & lambing survival rates. We supply a wide range of sheep drenches, tick and lice treatments and vaccines which are available from our four Vet Centre clinics.
Haemonchus is a concern for sheep farms from as early as December through to as late as April. Mature Haemonchus living in the sheeps gut feed off the animal’s blood, causing death by anaemia in a relatively short period of time. All classes of stock are at risk but lambs more susceptible and usually first
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. Bacteria are spread between animals in faeces and soil, either by way of ingestion
Camplylobacter is believed to be the leading cause of abortion in New Zealand accounting for up to 40% of diagnosed ewe abortions. Vaccinating with Campylovexin has shown to increase lambing percentages by an average of between 5 and 9%. Campylobacter are present on most, if not all farms. It is therefore likely to be present
Toxoplasmosis infection in ewes causes abortions, stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Early pregnancy losses often go undetected and ewes are mistakenly culled as barren. Toxoplasmosis is infectious to humans and will have serious implications if contracted during pregnancy. Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite. The infection cycle is started by the aborted foetus of a ewe