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System Type: 3
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
17 January 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

17 Jan 2018
  • **Monitored Facial Eczema spore counts indicate that spore count levels are trending upwards above 20,000 spores/gram in Rotorua, Te Puke and Whakatane areas. Ensure you are monitoring your levels and putting appropriate mitigation strategies in place.**

    The on-going situation around Mycoplasma bovis has definitely brought a clear and direct focus to current on-farm biosecurity procedures and the majority would have been found falling short of what is needed to protect the farm business from any new invasions.  Disease outbreaks, pasture pests, weeds and animal pests can have serious long-term financial impacts on your stock and farm as well as health and safety impacts for people on farm – those outside your business as well as those directly involved with it.

    Biosecurity is about protecting your farm against animal and plant diseases, pest plants such as Velvetleaf, Yellow Bristle Grass, Ragwort and Giant Buttercup; pest insects like clover root weevil and black beetle; and animal pests including possums which, if infected, can spread tuberculosis.  So many of these are now regarded as common and part of the farming environment, but perhaps if we’d had a more effective approach to biosecurity in the past we may not have had as many of them embedded into our farming systems.  The latest challenge from M. bovis has provided an incentive to put procedures in place to minimise the chances of any further incursions.  If you’ve been attending DairyNZ on-farm events lately you’ll have noticed the footwear-washing bins at the entry point – this is acknowledgement that we all have a part to play in keeping our farms free of unwanted pests, weeds and diseases.

    So where to start?  Firstly, you’ll need to know how your current procedures measure up.  Download the Biosecurity WOF checklist (www.dairynz.co.nz/media/5788853/biosecurity-wof-a4-brochure.pdf) to run identify the ways that you can protect your farm.  Stock movements, managing access onto your farm, managing boundaries – there’s some very useful points to consider.  Work through it with your vet to develop some effective procedures.  Another useful checklist can be found at www.dairynz.co.nz/media/5788765/protecting-your-farm-a4-checklist.pdf.

    M. bovis has illustrated that it’s important to have strict protocols around biosecurity.  It’s no longer suitable to have a “she’ll be right’ or “I’ll get around to it” philosophy regarding biosecurity.  The challenge is here – the need is now.


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  • Date Collected

    17 Jan 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    56 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2382 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    5 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    95 %

  • MS/cow

    1.64 kgs

  • MS/ha

    5.70 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1012 kgs

  • Rotation

    22 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    126.6 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    3.0 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    3.50 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME