Know How / Sheep

Whether you run a sheep flock that numbers in the dozens or the thousands, keeping your rams, ewes and lambs healthy and productive is the key to achieving maximum production.

Regardless of your sheep breed, location or system, these pages give you the important health, welfare, nutrition and genetic advice to help make your flock profitable and sustainable.

Key focus areas:

  • Breeding to suit your system
  • Grassland management and nutrition
  • Improving flock health
  • Finishing lambs to suit market requirements
  • Reducing your cost of production

Lambing

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HUSBANDRY

Tail docking lambs: Advice, legislation and methods compared

Tail docking is routinely carried out to avoid soiling of the fleece around a lamb’s rear and thus prevent fly strike - a painful condition where flies lay their eggs…

MEDICINES

How oral dosing was cut by 70% in high-input flock

A County Durham shepherd is heading into the 2020 lambing period hoping to continue using fewer antibiotics in neonatal lambs after a major reduction last year. Graeme Wood, who has…

LAMBING

8 ways to prepare for a busy lambing season

With lambing already under way on some units and not far around the corner for most commercial sheep farms, it is timely to start thinking about preparation for lambing. It…

LAMBING

13 tips for lambing outdoors

Outdoor lambing done with the right breeds, approach and at the optimal time of year can help farms lower costs in their sheep systems. Farms lambing outdoors rely heavily on…

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LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How a Welsh farm reduced ewe mortality by tackling OPA

A Welsh farm has successfully tackled an infectious form of lung cancer in sheep with a radical scan-and-cull policy. Ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA) is caused by a virus which infects…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Advice on testing your flock for fluke after wet weather

Extended wet weather can increase the incidence of fluke disease in sheep flocks. Local conditions and individual farm situations will dictate the appropriate course of action, but sheep specialist Emily…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How can farmers improve feed security amid climate change?

Climate change means UK farmers are experiencing more extreme weather conditions which can make growing crops far harder. What lessons can be learned from other countries to help improve feed…

HUSBANDRY

Tail docking lambs: Advice, legislation and methods compared

Tail docking is routinely carried out to avoid soiling of the fleece around a lamb’s rear and thus prevent fly strike - a painful condition where flies lay their eggs…

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