Often described as “insidious”, facial eczema is a destructive disease that can be far more costly than farmers may appreciate, says B+LNZ extension manager for mid-northern North Island, Andrew Jolly.
That’s why Beef & Lamb is holding a “facing up to facial eczema in cattle” field day on Thursday, February 12 from 1pm-5pm at Steve & Sandra Parrott’s woolshed, Matira Rd, Matira.
“Together with their veterinarian and trial advisor Kara Watson and a steering group, the Parrotts have collected and analysed two years of farm data,” says Andrew.
“They have carried out regular spore counts and compared the use of various treatments on cattle performance and it is the results of this project which will be discussed on the day.”
The project aims to answer: Does facial eczema cause a decrease in live weight gains in beef animals? What is the best treatment for prevention of facial eczema in beef animals on a sheep and beef farm? What is the most cost efficient treatment for prevention of facial eczema to maintain live weight gain in beef animals?
For more information, email Andrew Jolly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07 839 0286.