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FARMERS having experienced inserting teatseal® know how
time consuming and stressfull this job can be. Not only that, it
can be dangerous too.
But not for everyone, many farmers around the
country know a little secret which makes the job
of inserting teatseal® an easy and safe task.
No matter what you do to a dairy cow, non-rou-
tine jobs create stress ... reduce that stress and
things become easier to manage.
What causes stress? Simply put, "by your
unusual action, the cow reacts and produces hor-
mones -- these in turn create stress pulses to the
brain, the brain creates a signal reaction to the
muscles and ... "kick" -- all very natural and
To combat this type of normal instinctive
behaviour, one can employ "mechanical" means
of restraint, like "locking a number of cows tight
in the herringbone" or " between the stall frames
on the rotary" or "maybe a Hooftrim Handler or Vet race".
This all creates even more stress, and again an instinctive reaction
Alternatives of course are sedatives ... the latter, however, are sim-
ply not a feasible solution for many on-farm routine jobs.
Kicking cows do nothing for the safety of people, farm owners and
staff or for that matter the wellbeing of the animal itself ... but there
is a solution ... a solution which makes cows less stressed and peo-
ple less vulnerable to being kicked -- thus creating a safe working
environment and keeping cows happy. Happy cows produce more
Teat seal insertion made easier for staff
The neuro immobiliser or Newtek® Pacifier now available from
TechniPharm will help dairy farmers relax cows and improve safety
for their staff and get teatseal® fast and accurately where it needs to
be.The Animal Control Pacifier is an instrument
which is already used by well over 500 dairy
farmers and if you talked to them, it will leave you
with no doubt that this little invention makes
everyone dealing with cows on a regular basis
with a smile on their face, cow included.
The Pacifier relaxes the muscles and allows you
to do what needs doing without the cow getting
upset (people with back problems may have expe-
rience with "tense technology" which creates sim-
ilar results -- it relaxes the muscles). The Newtek®
Technipharm unit is the only unit on the market
which is animal wellbeing approved -- as such,
farmers can have confidence in the system and
TechniPharm is all about "making your farming ezy" find out now
how this little secret can get out of the box and get you using a
Pacifier this autumn.
Phone 0800 80 90 98 or visit www.technipharm.co.nz
MORE than 5000 cattle and deer herds across New Zealand
have had their bovine tuberculosis (TB) movement control
restrictions and testing requirements reduced.
Animal Health Board technical and farm services manager Dr Stu
Hutchings said the reduction was due to falling herd infection rates
and a strong focus on TB-infected wildlife control.
"The changes will no doubt be welcomed by New Zealand's farm-
ers," Dr Hutchings said.
"The Animal Health Board (AHB) will implement its updated TB
control strategy later this year, with a strong focus on wildlife disease
control. The updated strategy aims to eradicate TB from wildlife in
some areas, leading to even less testing for farmers.
"The fact remains that TB-infected wildlife, particularly possums,
are the main source of the disease in farmed cattle and deer," Dr
The majority of the changes to TB testing and movement control
boundaries will affect farmers in the southern South Island. Some
250 herds in south Kaipara, 341 herds in Hawke's Bay and about 100
herds in the Atiamuri area will also benefit from less TB testing.
In the southern South Island, the success of the AHB's wildlife
control programme has led to the removal of pre-movement TB test-
ing restrictions for 187 herds. However, it is important to note these
herds still require an annual TB test.
More than 2480 southern South Island herds that have previously
been tested every two years will now be tested every three years and
945 herds will move from an annual to once every two-year testing
"The AHB is proud to once again deliver some direct benefits to
the cattle and deer herds registered with the organisation," Dr
"We have achieved this through focused possum control and other
wildlife surveillance. Yet none of it would have been possible with-
out the help and co-operation of farmers."
The AHB urges herd owners who have questions about the TB
strategy or are unsure of their TB testing requirements to phone 0800
4 TB INFO (0800 4 824 636).
They can also access an interactive map at www.tbfree.org.nz to
see if they have been affected by these changes.
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