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Look out for your lambs!

Although it may not feel like it, Spring is just around the corner and with it, the risk of Coccidiosis and Nematodirus battus hitting your lambs. Amy Glanvill talks us through the symptoms and preventative measures. Coccidiosis is caused by the protozoan Eimeria spp. and can affect lambs at both housing and pasture especially in intensive farming systems, although any stress such as weaning, mixed age groups and adverse weather can also increase incidence. Eimeria initially enters the environment from the ewe but due to its short life cycle in the lamb, quickly increases in number. Coccidiosis affects lambs at [...]

By | 2018-04-09T08:20:24+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Sheep|0 Comments

Reducing Lamb Deaths

At this stage some people will have all but finished lambing, some will be part or most of the way through and others will only be getting prepared. Whatever your stage in the lambing season, preventing new born lamb losses is a key focus area for each and every system with current figures suggesting lamb deaths between birth and three days old ranging from 10-25%. Various infectious diseases and management issues affect young lambs of this age. In this article Matt Hylands aims to describe the issues we most commonly see and the reasons behind them as well as explain [...]

By | 2018-04-03T15:19:01+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Sheep|0 Comments

Botulism in sheep

Botulism has gained more notoriety in the press over the last few years, especially in areas where herds of cattle have suffered big losses and get into the local news. We see it less commonly in sheep but they are at serious risk from exactly the same disease. A recent case in the practice highlighted the need to be vigilant in all species. Botulism presents in sheep initially with the animal walking slightly abnormally and may display odd head or ear carriage somewhat reminiscent of listeria. She may look slightly lame or she may be staggering slightly like she’s had [...]

By | 2018-04-03T12:39:20+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Sheep|0 Comments

Want to save your flockā€™s feet and your hands?

Reducing Lameness in Sheep Foot lameness in sheep is one of the biggest problems in many flocks and is a big morale sapper for anyone looking after sheep. Footrot is a major cause of lameness in sheep flocks today and although vets have been adjusting their advice and recommendations about how best to tackle it, some new work has been published to cement some of these changing ideas. Recent research has shown that one of the traditionally advised mainstays of footrot treatment – foot trimming – is actually not all that its cracked up to be… This might be news [...]

By | 2018-04-03T12:39:34+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Sheep|0 Comments