Dr Marjorie Orr, lifestyle farmer and veterinarian (retired)

Dr Marjorie Orr, lifestyle farmer and veterinarian (retired)

We’ve all heard about the M. bovis outbreak that has been affecting dairy farms in South Canterbury and North Otago.

yardswNew AWA Regulations make it easier for offenders of lower grade infringement offences to be fined without the need for prosecutions.

dogRecently announced Animal Welfare Regulations highlight certain management standards that are expected of animal owners and make them more readily and quickly enforceable.

horseWe all know of fat cresty-necked ponies and horses that are prone to laminitis (tender feet or founder).  

hoofFoot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.

horseMud fever (greasy heel) and rain scald also known as dermatophilosis are all too common in horses in New Zealand.

goateyewCAE is a disease of goats caused by a virus. It is present in many herds throughout New Zealand. It tends to develop into clinical disease when goats are under stress, for example in dairy goats kept in relatively intensive conditions. There is no cure for CAE.

meatboardwRod Slater is correct in some of his responses to my article on home-kill vs meat works meat,

shearingWhen 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.

possumWhether we like it or not, 1080 poison is widely used to kill introduced mammalian species that may threaten native wildlife and harbour TB.

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