Spore Counting Monitoring Service
Spore Count Monitoring Farm Results
This map, along with advice on potential risk of facial eczema is updated weekly from mid- January. To receive notifications directly into your inbox sign up to our emailing list and never miss an update.
Facial Eczema Watch – Spore Count Monitor Map and Update
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19th May 2022
We have limited samples to share this week. If you are concerned about spores on your farm, please speak with your vet.
Going into winter it is a good time to check liver copper levels in the herd are high enough to get through calving and peak production. Some herds may need supplementation but others may not and risk copper toxicity if the levels get too high. Liver testing is the only way to know if there is enough reserves to get through the next few months, blood tests only show how much is in the blood now and may not drop until the liver storage is empty, (which is too late).
Talk to you vet about booking liver biopsies or cull samples so that you can make informed decisions. Our TSRs can work with you and your vet to customise mineral mixes for your herd and maximise your return on investment.
Richard Munn, Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Services
Interpreting the map
We provide our spore count information visually on the map, with a traffic light colour coding system to inform you whether your area is at low (green), medium (yellow), or red (high) risk of facial eczema. This is because an individual spore count number does not give you the whole picture. While individual high spore counts will change the risk profile of an area, long-term exposure to medium spore count levels also put grazing animals at high risk of facial eczema. Therefore, our approach is to look at individual counts and trends on each of our monitor farms, and give you the best risk assessment of that area.
Please note: Map markers are indicative only, they are placed at the approximate site of where the pasture sample was taken. The monitor farms provide an indication of the conditions and facial eczema risk in your area. It is important to note that spore counts can vary between highly farms and even paddocks, if you are concerned we recommend submitting your own pasture samples.
How to find the spore count for your area using the map
- Locate the marker closest to your farm on the map
- Click the marker
- A window listing the spore count and the associated risk for your area will display.