At present, our vets are seeing a number of Barber’s Pole outbreaks in sheep and goat flocks in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Spring is the New Year for worms. As the weather warms and spring rain continues, parasites at the larvae stage that have been slumbering in your pasture come to life and resume their life cycle. They multiply furiously through spring and summer. If not managed successfully, they can reach very high, potentially fatal numbers for your livestock later in the autumn.
The challenge is to minimise the impact that worms have on production, while
Footrot is a significant welfare concern, and is estimated to cost the NZ sheep industry $11 million per year. This cost is in production loss and treatment – a hefty burden on NZ sheep farmers.
Treatment options typically include antibiotics. Antibiotics vary in their effectiveness, and none have shown to be 100% effective in fixing this industry problem. A strategic goal of the New Zealand Veterinary Associate is to reduce reliance on antibiotics for
With wet weather on its way, footrot is a commonly seen condition at this time of year for goats & sheep.
Footrot is caused by continuous wetting of the interdigital area, the soft part between the claws of the hoof, and following invasion of the bacteria Fusobacterium necrophorum and Dichelobacter nodosus. These bacteria are widespread in the environment but cannot penetrate healthy intact skin. Several factors can predispose to bacterial invasion of the foot eg.