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Spore count results for week ended 19.2.21

February 19, 2021

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks   10,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks –  136,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 8,300 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks – 8,300 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –  10,000 spores/gram

As anticipated, this week we have seen a large increase in spore numbers on the Matamata monitor farm with the highest count we have had this year of 136,000. While the other monitor farms remain at a medium-low risk, this large variability is a timely reminder that there is no better way to access your own farm’s risk than by checking!   With the moisture from the rain and provided night time temperatures remain above 12oC we anticipate that these counts will continue to rise.

A REMINDER IF YOU BRING IN THREE GRASS SAMPLES FOR TESTING YOU CAN HAVE A FOURTH FREE!

Is your zinc supplementation effective?

By blood sampling 10-15 cows for zinc we can assess the protection level of your herd and advise if adjustments are required. We have taken blood samples from a number of farms now and we have successfully identified situations in which zinc dosing can be decreased to avoid toxicity and situations where dosing can be increased so cows are optimally protected

If you would like to know more about the various ways in which you can supplement your stock with Zinc, feel free to pop into the clinic and chat to the team.