We all know of fat cresty-necked ponies and horses that are prone to laminitis (tender feet or founder).
Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
Mud fever (greasy heel) and rain scald also known as dermatophilosis are all too common in horses in New Zealand.
El Niño is now well established and it’s highly likely to continue over summer and into autumn (90% chance).
Rod Slater is correct in some of his responses to my article on home-kill vs meat works meat, however as he rightly points out, when I said home-kill was 'better' I was focussing on better welfare for the animals and a better financial deal for the farmer (who can make use of the whole carcase). I believe that these are issues that are important to most lifestyle farmers.
When you shear a sheep or a goat, you remove its weather-proofing. After all, a fleece is warm when it's cold, it prevents sunburn on clear sunny days and it's windproof and water-proof. So shearing leaves sheep and goats very vulnerable to the elements. Here's some advice on how to keep your stock happy after shearing.
Whether we like it or not, 1080 poison is widely used to kill introduced mammalian species that may threaten native wildlife and harbour TB. Occasionally large pest-killing operations take place in areas not readily accessible on foot. Licensed operators drop 1080-laced bait from planes and helicopters over huge areas of forest. The target animals are usually possums, rats and stoats.