Livestock & Pets
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about keeping pets and livestock. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Refugia, what it is and why it's important
The word 'refugia' seemed to appear out of the blue a few years ago and was used by veterinarians and parasitologists when talking to farmers about worms (internal parasites) in sheep and in cattle.
More farm animal zoonoses (diseases we can catch from farm animals)
In the third article in Marjorie Orr's series on zoonoses, we look at diseases including salmonellosis, yersiniosis, ringworm, leptospirosis and scabby mouth.
Farm animal zoonoses (diseases we can catch from farm animals)
We should be aware that there are a few diseases of livestock that can spread to humans. These are called zoonoses, and many of them are particularly common in spring.
Thirty years ago leptospirosis was one of the most common zoonoses in NZ with over 400 human cases a year.
In this article Clive Dalton looks at the pros and cons of keeping different types of livestock. If you're thinking of getting livestock for the first time, this article is a great place to start!
Acetonaemia is known as ketosis in cows and sleepy sickness (or pregnancy toxaemia or twin lamb disease) in ewes. Acetonaemia in cows is fairly common, especially in high-producing cows in early lactation. The best cows are most at risk.
How many stock should you carry on your block? This is not an easy question to answer.
Disbudding - make it humane
"Disbudding" of calves and kids means removing the very early developing horn base to prevent horn growth.
Let's hope you never have to deal with rhododendron poisoning. The signs in sheep and goats include spectacular vomiting and intense pain. A few hours after eating rhododendron, the animal is in agony, rumen heaving, and it's plastering the shed walls with green vomit.