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Preparing for Summer - Part 1

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 3 November 2020
Preparing for Summer - Part 1
Successfully preparing your farm and farm stock for the hottest months of the year pays huge dividends in the form of healthy, productive and happy animals.  Animals that are maintained well during the most difficult season of the year also achieve good prices at market all year round. In Part 1 & Part 2 of our articles on Preparing for Summer we include four focus areas to ensure ...
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Selenium Deficiency in Sheep and Cattle

Posted by Amanda Walker on 4 February 2019
Selenium Deficiency in Sheep and Cattle
Selenium Deficiency in Sheep and Cattle Selenium is a trace mineral found naturally in the soil. It appears in certain foods and there are even small amounts in water. For humans, selenium is a vital mineral to increase immunity, protect cells from free radical damage and inflammation, and support a healthy metabolism and fertility. It is also essential for your farm stock, particularly ...
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Summer Drenching

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 26 November 2018
Summer Drenching
Summer Drenching Summer drenching sets a benchmark for drenching in winter. It is best to determine your summer drenching regime early and be aware that resistance to frequently used drenches could be an issue for sheep producers.
Where there is no drench resistance testing history, sheep producers are advised to use a new drench type or a drench group where resistance is not yet ...
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Water Monitoring: Why it Pays To Go Wireless

Posted by Amanda Walker on 22 October 2018
Water Monitoring: Why it Pays To Go Wireless
Water Monitoring: Why it Pays To Go Wireless An effective water monitoring system enables anyone on the farm to see quickly and clearly how much water is on hand. Agricultural specialists Gallagher, are bringing innovation to rural properties all over Australia with their Wireless Water Monitoring System.  Traditional Water Tank Monitoring Tradit...
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Livestock Tips for Spring

Posted by Amanda Walker on 1 October 2018
Livestock Tips for Spring
With Spring underway, here are some issues to consider when planning your livestock management plans this month. To save yourselves the expense of purchasing tag applicators and earmarking pliers always make sure that you purchase calves that are already earmarked or branded. They must already have an NLIS device in their ear. To find out more about your NLIS requirements head t...
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Controlling Blowfly Strike in Sheep this Spring

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 September 2018
Controlling Blowfly Strike in Sheep this Spring
Ah...springtime. Birds cheeping, baby animals frolicking, wildflowers blossoming...blowflies striking? It's an unpleasant fact that the time of year that many of us enjoy the most can be very uncomfortable and even deadly for our woolly friends. Flystrike is one of the most important health and welfare concerns for sheep in Australia, particularly in areas experiencing a warm and humid sta...
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5 ways to make shearing day run smoothly

Posted by Amanda Walker on 9 May 2018
5 ways to make shearing day run smoothly
Making Shearing Day Stress-Free Do you have a small flock of sheep on your farm? Most breeds of sheep, excluding those that shed (such as Dorper sheep) will need to be shorn at least once a year. Other woolly residents of your farm such as alpacas also need an annual haircut. Shearing is necessary to avoid matted wool, heat stress and flystrike.  So even if you do not plan on taking up...
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7 Small Farm Mistakes Guaranteed to let Sheep Worms Take Hold

Posted by Amanda Walker on 17 May 2017
7 Small Farm Mistakes Guaranteed to let Sheep Worms Take Hold
It's not dinner party conversation, but worms are a topic that every sheep farmer, including small farmers, need to address... Most sheep have some worms in their digestive system, and as vaccinations are to humans, a little exposure is essential for sheep to develop and maintain an immunity to worms. But parasitic worms become a problem if they increase to the point where they weake...
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Worm Egg Counts - Why Should I Bother?

Posted by Amanda Walker on 3 April 2017
Worm Egg Counts - Why Should I Bother?
Worm egg counting Worm egg counting also known as a faecal egg count is an invaluable tool to help achieve sustainable worm control in Sheep, Cattle, Goats, Deer and Alpaca. It is one of the most useful worm management tools a livestock producer can utilise. A worm egg count is a count of the number of worm eggs in a sample of poo. The results are expressed as 'eggs per gram'...
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Small Farm Summer Livestock Management

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 January 2017
Small Farm Summer Livestock Management
Caring for your farm animals in summer Caring for livestock on your small farm is year-round chore, but summer brings its own set of issues. Heat stress, increased risk of parasites and the need to supplement the diets of your livestock are all factors that you may need to consider during the hottest part of the year. Heat Stress The extreme heat that we can encounter in many par...
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