Grazing Gazette - a call for contributions
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Latest news about Leptospirosis in a study published by Massey University
It’s been referred to as ‘dairy farm fever’, but new research suggests that leptospirosis infections may be just as common among people working on beef, sheep and deer farms as it is in dairy farms.
The authors say their research suggests the current status quo for vaccinating beef, sheep and deer should be reassessed to provide more protection to this group of workers.
The takeaway messages from these findings are:
- Dry stock farmers were inferred to contribute as many notified cases to New Zealand's leptospirosis burden as dairy farmers, despite dairy farmer occupation being recorded much more frequently.
- All stock needs vaccination against Leptospirosis.
Veterinary certification for transport
Regulation 45 - Obligations of transporters in relation to animals to which regulations 38 to 43 apply. A transporter must comply with any relevant conditions specified in the certificate.
MPIVS and NZVA have also developed broader procedures to ensure clinical veterinarians and VS staff have a similar standard regarding the certification of defective animals for transport other than those conditions defined under regulation 38 to 45.
Increase in cases of Salmonella Bovismorbificans: please complete laboratory sample submission forms
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has noticed an increase in the reported incidence of Salmonellosis in livestock since 2015, most notably involving the serotype Bovismorbificans.
Transport of pregnant cows
We’d like to remind NZVA members of our advice regarding requests to certify late gestation cows as being fit for transport.
Veterinarians gear up to help farmers comply with new animal welfare regulations
Veterinarians are gearing up to help farmers comply with new legal requirements to use local anaesthetic during the removal of any horn tissue from cattle that will come into force from October 1 this year.
Animal welfare regulations 2018: Large animal veterinarians
Richard Wild, Specialist Advisor, Verification Services, Ministry for Primary Industries, looks at the ramifications for production animal veterinarians.