Posts Tagged ‘facial eczema’

What you should be doing now – NZ only

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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Spring Fertilizer

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I’ve been busy fertilising our spring pasture with Fish Fertiliser and blood & bone.  One of the interesting claims by the producers of the fish fertiliser is that it suppresses fungal growth.  While no claim is made specifically around facial eczema spores we are hoping using this particular fertilizer will be another helpful aid in reducing the chances of our alpacas picking up this condition.  In any event it adds a multitude of core minerals to the pasture so should be good food for the grasses.

Facial Eczema prevention

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We have been busy the last few weeks spraying our paddocks with fungicide to prevent the growth of the fungus that causes facial eczema. Spraying usually takes place over several weeks, as we can only spray about 2 paddocks at a time, as the alpacas can’t be returned to graze those paddocks for a week, so we have to cycle around the farm doing a couple of paddocks at a time. We have discovered that, for us, spraying is the only viable option, as if we feed zinc pellets to a herd of 50, the greedy ones eat too much, and the shy ones get none at all. We also do spore counts from time to time to ensure the spraying has been effective.

Jan Update

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

After several weeks of hot, dry weather, it looked like we were headed for a drought. But this weekend, a long weekend for the Wellington region, it has rained non-stop. A great drought breaker, and desperatley needed. We moved our youngest cria Pandora and Bracken (see our New Years Day update), plus Gidget (born 10 January) into the paddock that contains our hayshed, which they gratefully moved into to shelter from the rain. While this rain is great, in the lead up to the facial eczema season it poses some risks in the future weeks.

If you live in an FE prone area, be extra vigilant!