Welcome to our Facial Eczema Spore Count Bulletin for 2024 – this article will be updated each week, so please revisit to see what the spore count is in your area.
What is a toxic spore level? It is best not to use absolute levels, as stock grazing pasture with spore counts as low as 20,000-40,000 can sustain liver damage. More important considerations are rate of spore count rise, prevailing weather conditions, and grazing intensity at the time. Toxin effects on the liver are cumulative. Play it safe – start prevention as soon as spores are detected.
This week, spore counts have risen for Te Horo, Otaki, Manakau, Waitarere, Moutoa, Ihakara and Shannon.
We are having continual warm soil temperatures making it perfect weather conditions for spores. At this time Levin, Kuku, and Otaki counts are still low. There is time to prepare for these locations.
Please refer to the recommendations below for your method of prevention. We will continue to update you weekly with recommendations based on spore counts.
Every property is different. We recommend spore counting your own property if you are worried. Talk to the tech team if you have any questions about how to collect the sample. Spore counting is $33 (incl GST) per sample, dropping to $26 for multiple samples.
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If you have any questions pop into clinic or give us a call on 06 368 2891 (Extension 1 for the farm team)