A Southland farmer is concerned the Mycoplasma bovis disease could be back on his farm, 18 months after his previous cattle herd had to be culled.
The disease can cause mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis, and late-term abortions.
Ben Walling and Sarah Flintoft had 1700 cattle culled after M bovis was discovered on their farm which was later declared disease-free.
Afterwards, they told RNZ they hoped they would never have to go through such an ordeal again. . .
Kiwifruit seeks social license – Richard Rennie:
The term social licence to operate could be discarded as yet another slick marketing phrase but it is the guardrail that will keep New Zealand’s primary sector front and centre of this country’s continuing economic growth.
Richard Rennie spoke to Kellogg scholar and Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated communications manager Mike Murphy about his research on social licence and the kiwifruit sector.
Trust is probably the best descriptor when trying to define social licence to operate, a term that i relatively new to the primary sector, Kellogg scholar and Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated communications manager Mike Murphy says. . .
Matamata goat farmers Wiebe and Piety Smitstra have retrofitted their goat milking shed with a GEA WestfaliaSurge low line double-up herringbone system.
The system, including automatic cup removers, milk meters and DairyPlan software, have contributed to worthwhile efficiency gains, say the Smitstras.
They have ‘gained’ two extra hours per day and the ability to identify their top performing goats for breeding. . .
Green tea instead of sulphur – Tessa Nicholson:
A Marlborough winery is attempting to replace sulphur dioxide (SO2) from their organic Sauvignon Blanc with green tea.
SO2 is a preservative that’s widely used in winemaking for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. In terms of wine, adding it helps prevent oxidation, ensuring the wine stays fresh. In recent years the use of SO2 has come under scrutiny as some consumers say they react to wines that contain it. Reactions range from allergy effects, such as runny nose, itchy throat, skin rashes to asthma attacks. The number of producers not wanting to add sulphites is increasing world-wide and the orange wine movement has grown exponentially on the back of this. . .
Record attempt abandoned – Adam Burns:
A Central Otago shearer’s bid for a world record was abandoned after a few hours near Ranfurly on Saturday.
Stacey Te Huia, of Alexandra, was aiming to break a nine-hour merino wethers record of 418 set by Canterbury shearer Grant Smith in 1999.
The attempt was originally scheduled for December 7, but was postponed because the weight would not have been met.
Mr Te Huia started at 5am needing an average of about 47 an hour to break the record. . .
Hot cows affect reproduction – Greg Jarratt:
Heat stress has a big effect on reproduction, explains Greg Jarratt, vet and director of Matamata Veterinary Services.
One of the biggest headaches faced by NZ farmers is reproductive failure where in a herd six–week in calf rates fall and empty rates climb.
This translates to a major hit to the businesses bottom line due to lower production and more involuntary culling.
For this reason, many farmers consistently devote significant resources and efforts towards optimising reproductive performance and regularly review their reproductive performance and policies.