24 Apr 2014

Facial eczema high in North Island

4:10 pm on 24 April 2014

AsureQuality provides food safety and biosecurity services to the food and primary production sectors.

Its facial eczema monitoring co-ordinator Leo Cooney says spore counts are particularly bad in areas that have suffered from recent drought conditions.

"It will be a risky time until the spore counts come down and we get some cooler soil temperatures."

Mr Cooney says this is because at the moment warm soil temperatures combined with moisture and decaying matter in pastures make for ideal conditions for facial eczema spores.

Mr Cooney urges farmers to remain vigilant to the problem.