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In the paddock

Facial eczema: an invisible drain on production


Key points

  • NZ pastures have a number of fungi that produce toxins that can markedly reduce productivity. Facial eczema (FE) is the most common
  • While clinical FE is well-known and easily recognised, farmers are often unaware of major lifetime losses due to sub-clinical FE
  • FE outbreaks can be predicted from weather patterns and FE levels can be easily monitored from pasture or dung samples
  • In FE-prone areas, it is advisable to use rams that have been selected for FE-tolerance
  • Zinc boluses, while expensive, are effective in reducing the risk of losses due to FE

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Created: 03 May 2007, Modified: 03 May 2007