The unusual weather this year has meant we are seeing significant problems with gastrointestinal worms in sheep coming through the lab much later in the season than usual. Many farmers found they did not need to worm sheep as much as usual over the summer as the hot dry conditions […]
We sometimes come across disease cases which don’t have any identifiable origin. This was the case with a flock that Andrew visited recently:
A flock of 512 predominantly Swaledale ewes identified six Bluefaced Leicester tups at the end of the first cycle of mating in November with blood at the […]
If you keep sheep you should assume your flock has been exposed to the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis and aim to protect ewes well before they go to the ram later this year.
Toxoplasma gondii is now the world’s most common parasite and it’s been estimated that over 90% of […]
Being sure to use quarantine treatments on bought-in animals will reduce the risk of bringing wormer resistant parasites onto your farm. Planning ahead for this can bring a host of benefits, but there are a few additional prevention areas we can look at as well.
1. Breeding your own replacements
The warmer weather recently has been a lovely reminder that summer is on its way. As always, a new season brings a new set of diseases to be thinking about. When it comes to sheep and summer one important one to be aware of is Blowfly strike or in more […]
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 […]
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 […]
Despite a challenging early grass season, the growth returned and ewes are generally in good, if not over fat condition. What has been hit are scanning rates and forage reserves for the winter. Dan Stevenson explains.
Most people seem happy with fewer triplets and […]
We’re into the problem period for Fluke in sheep – late Autumn to Winter, and due to its financial implications including body condition deterioration and death, it’s a disease most sheep producers are tuned in to. However, it’s now commonly suspected that resistance is building against the most effective treatment. […]