Facial Eczema Risk Bulletin #4
for week ended 18 February 2018

 No. of sites monitored:   25
 Average Spore Count:   30,000
 Highest Spore Count:   232,000  
 Lowest Spore Count:   0
 Weekly Rainfall (mm):     0 mm (Source: AgResearch PN)
 No. Days Grass Min Temp > 12°C   4
(Source: AgResearch PN)
 Weekly Ave Grass Min Temp:   14.8oC   (Source: AgResearch PN)

Facial Eczema Risk Rating

Spore count results are not following the expected trend this season with northern sites recording higher counts than those in the south.  Historically sites in the Linton/Tokomaru to Okuku South have risen first.  This could be because there is not enough moisture in the southern area to make the spores bloom.

Cheltenham took out the top count last Thursday with a 232,000 average.  Other sites of concern were Kelvin Grove - 85,000, Kairanga South - 70,000, Halcombe - 45,000 and Ohakea - 35,000.  Colyton lifted from 10,000 to 25,000 and we also did see a slight increase of 5,000 in Okuku South from the previous week to 20,000. 

Non-sentinel farms at Cameron's Line, Rongotea, Rangiwahia and Makino Road all came in over 25,000.

Check the table below for all site results. 

North South 2018


MAN FE SCT 4/18 

GMT and Rainfall 4/18

Weekly Ave GMT 4/18

Sentinel Farm Results 2018

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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 Totally Vets if you would like more information on bringing in your own samples for testing.