Facial Eczema Risk Bulletin

for week ended 19 April 2020

  Manawatu South Manawatu North Tararua Taumarunui
 No. of sites monitored:   5 1  
Average Spore Count   5,000 70,000  
 Highest Spore Count:   10,000 70,000  
 Lowest Spore Count:   5,000    
Facial Eczema Risk Rating: LOW/MEDIUM

Most grass that was tested last week came in at either 10,000sp/gm or below. There was one hot spot at a Pahiatua non-sentinel farm last week coming in at 70,000sp/gm. This paddock has been retested yesterday and came in at 15,000.

As we are getting so few samples we have made the call to cease the bulletin as it is not a true representation of what's happening out there. Hopefully with these cooler nights and more rain the counts will drop away. We will continue to count grass that is brought in to our clinics for those that still want to know what their paddocks are doing. A huge thanks to all our sentinel farms and we'll see you again next year.

Check the table below for all site results and to open the full report as a pdf scroll down and click on the link. 

Manawatu Tararua Sentinel farms

Taumarunui 2020

2020 FE Risk Bulletin graph #14.jpg

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Click on the link to download this bulletin as a PDF: pdf 2020 FE Risk Bulletin #14.pdf (0.35MB)

Spore counts can vary greatly between properties and even between paddocks.  We encourage farmers to bring in grass samples to get a more accurate idea of the facial eczema risk on their own property.  Contact us if you would like more information on bringing in your own samples for testing.  

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