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We cover all aspects of sheep health and welfare. Here, our team of vets and VetTechs give us the latest flock health advice and information to help drive performance in your flock.

An alternative to chemical fly control

With the days lengthening and the weather turning warmer, spring will happily soon be upon us. However, unfortunately that also means that fly season is on its way, with all the unwelcome irritation and nuisance that flies cause to livestock and the people that work with them. Tom J gives [...]

2020-03-13T16:03:10+00:00 March 13th, 2020|Beef, Dairy, Management, Sheep|

Twin Lamb Disease

Twin Lamb Disease - Who’s at risk? Ewes during late gestationAnimals with multiple foetusesOver conditioned ewe Under conditioned ewe How is Twin Lamb Disease caused? In late gestation the energy requirement of each fetus increases significantly. Therefore the more lambs the ewe is carrying the greater the energy demand. The [...]

2020-02-20T14:26:34+00:00 February 20th, 2020|Sheep|

Sheep Lameness Talk

Sheep lameness is one of the most important health and welfare issues affecting sheep farms in the UK. The 5 Point Plan has been developed to help manage footrot in particular. However, some of the principles are important to controlling other causes of lameness. In November Linda from MSD came [...]

2019-12-20T09:57:05+00:00 December 20th, 2019|Sheep|

Pre-lambing Nutrition

It’s coming towards that time of year….. lambing time! The 6 weeks pre-lambing are crucial as 70% of the lamb’s growth is in this period; causing ewe requirements to double but having reduced appetite from being heavily pregnant. Getting pre-lambing nutrition right is essential for a good lambing season. Pete [...]

2019-11-19T10:49:19+00:00 November 19th, 2019|Sheep|

Cobalt Deficiency in Lambs – Maximising Growth Rates

Ruminants require cobalt in their diet as rumen microbes use this trace element to synthesise Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is essential for energy metabolism and deficiency can result in sub-optimal growth rates in lambs. Andy Henderson explains this a little bit more. Deficiency can be compounded by other risk factors [...]

2019-08-14T08:59:47+00:00 August 14th, 2019|Sheep|

Planning Ahead

July should be a fairly quiet time in the flock calendar and hopefully, many lambs are close to finishing or already away. It’s now time to figure out why we had marked certain ewes for culling back at lambing time and also select or source whatever replacements are needed to [...]

2019-07-12T14:49:37+00:00 July 12th, 2019|Sheep|

The use of faecal worm egg counts to reduce worm resistance.

With summer nearly here and the weather warming up, it is important to worm your fat lambs effectively. If you have already wormed your lambs, are you sure your wormer has worked effectively? With increasing resistance to wormers reported across the industry, Steph is here to tell us more about [...]

2019-06-14T11:11:13+00:00 June 14th, 2019|Sheep, Youngstock|
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