Livestock

Five days left to win tickets with lameness survey

Saturday 12 May 2012 05:59

There's now only five days left to fill in the Stamp out Lameness survey and to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 tickets to NSA Sheep 2012.

Last year the Farm Animal Welfare Council put forward an opinion on lameness in sheep which recommended the prevalence of lameness should be reduced to 5% or less by March 2016 and to 2% or less by March 2021.

The opinion suggested the government should also work with the industry to develop a national strategy to reduce sheep lameness.

A five-step strategy has been developed which has been shown to cut lameness levels by up to half in the first year. The areas include: culling badly or repeatedly-affected animals, quarantining incoming animals, treating clinical cases early, avoiding spread at gathering and handling and vaccination.

Based on these five key areas, trial work by FAI Farms, as well as other independent farms, has found that a lameness level of 2% is achievable, but every point in the plan is important to follow.

It's for this reason that Farmers Weekly, in association with the National Sheep Association, is launching the Stamp Out Lameness Campaign. The campaign will look at the five-step approach sheep farmers can take to tackle lameness on their farm.

The survey

But before we kick-start the campaign later this month, we would like to get an idea of how you are tackling lameness on your farm.

The National Sheep Association has kindly offered 10 free tickets to NSA Sheep 2012, which is taking place on 4 July at Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire. For your chance to win a ticket just answer the eight multiple-choice questions in our online survey by 16 May 2012.

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