It's been a very...let's say 'interesting' few weeks.
Firstly, I caught mumps. There is something ridiculous about catching mumps as an adult, especially when the swollen cheeks and neck kick in and you look like a chipmunk.
A few interesting things about mumps:
In parts of the North Island, barber's pole worms (Haemonchus contortus) have been the cause of a lot of goat ill-health this year, and many goat owners will have suffered losses as a result of this nasty parasite. In this article, we explain what the disease is, and how you can make sure you don't have problems with it in future.
Many farmers are running out of pasture for their sheep and cattle and they are wondering what to do about it, because there’s not a lot of supplementary feed around.
Some livestock just don’t do as well as they should, even when they have plenty of pasture.
In recent years, a lot of progress has been made in understanding how to control worm burdens in livestock. However it's a hugely complex issue, not least because of the widespread problem of drench resistance! This makes it difficult for lifestylers to know how to deal with worms in their stock.