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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.

Soilt Testing: The experience is as valuable as the results

Lots or people are talking about it and one day, it may even play a role in subsidy. Healthy soil is actually a living entity with >5,000 species and more individual organisms in one handful as there have ever been humans on Earth. But what does healthy soil mean? [...]

2020-06-19T14:56:04+00:00June 19th, 2020|Beef, Dairy, Management, Sheep|

Teaser Rams Top Picks

For those in the know, teaser rams provide an invaluable and relatively low cost aid in the breeding management of their flock. Dan describes what they are, why they are effective and how to pick the best ones. What are teaser rams? Teasers are entire males that have undergone a [...]

2020-04-15T10:49:33+00:00April 15th, 2020|Sheep|

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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00August 14th, 2019|Sheep|
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