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Spore counts are now rising fast on some monitor farms

February 1, 2019

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

  • Hinuera – 0 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 0 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 36,000 spores/gram
  • Walton – 8,300 spores/gram

Due to these results and the rising trend it may be time to check your Facial Eczema (FE) Management program now to ensure it is adequate.

A 2014 study over 106 NZ farms demonstrated only 30% of animals tested, had adequate zinc blood levels indicating sufficient protection against FE.


Testing 10-15 animals approximately three weeks after you have started zinc at full rates will show how effective your program is.

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team on 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.