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Spore count results for week ended 5.2.2021

February 5, 2021

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks   11,600 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 21,600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 11,600 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  28,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 11,600 spores/gram

 

This week spore counts on monitor farms are stable, with slight increases seen in Te Poi and Hinuera. We have had cooler night time temperatures this week, which will favour spore growth. We have also processed a number of samples from non-monitor farms this week and the results have been consistent – varying from no spores seen to 30,000+. So while monitor farms provide us with an indication of spore count trends, the best thing you can do to assess your own farm’s risk is to bring in grass samples for testing.

It is important to remember that paddocks with increased dead matter, or that are being irrigated should be considered high-risk.

 

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

 

How effective is your zinc supplementation?

Now is the ideal time to assess the protection status of your cows. By blood sampling 10-15 cows for zinc we can assess how protected your herd is and adjust the dose of zinc going into your system accordingly. Don’t be caught out by under dosing or the potential adverse effects of overdosing with zinc. Give the clinic a call to book in your blood samples.

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.