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Organics, sheep husbandry and fly strike

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2005
Author: Dr Michael Morris

On conventional New Zealand farms fly strike is kept under control through a variety of means, including mulesing, tail docking, crutching and dagging sheep, and dipping and jetting with insecticides. The latter is not possible on organic farms, and other common techniques don’t fit well with Organics. This can make fly strike management a challenge. Animal welfare commentator Dr Michael Morris looks at the issues and the challenges.

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