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  • Farming Diary for July

    July farming diaryThe shortest day is gone but don’t think it’s spring. Seeing early newborn calves and lambs can fool you but they could have been unplanned matings!

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  • Cattle ticks and Theileria

    theileriaThe cattle tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is well established in New Zealand.

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  • Buying a Utility Vehicle

    utility vehiclesThe utility vehicle, also called a ‘side by side’ is growing in popularity on lifestyle blocks and farms around NZ and it’s easy to see why. Like an ATV it’s small and nimble, unlike an ATV, it’s very stable and designed to carry passengers. They’re rugged, can carry and tow heavy loads, can go places your standard ute can’t but are almost as comfortable to drive as your car.

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  • Johne's disease - Overview

    skinnycowYou might well have heard of Johne’s disease, because it’s a common problem in ruminants.  But even if you’ve heard of it, you may not know much about it.

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  • Metabolic Diseases - Hypomagnesaemia

    cowwHypomagnesaemia is relatively common in cows in heavy lactation and on lush pasture (inadequate energy intake and low magnesium content).

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  • Livestock units

    How many stock should you carry on your block? This is not an easy question to answer. This is because the feed supply varies from day to day in quality and quantity, and so do the nutritional needs of the stock.

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