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

Latest Know How


Experiment shows potential for cell-grazing herbal leys

Cell-grazing promotes greater sward growth and weight of lambs weaned a hectare than continuous grazing. And cell-grazing herbal leys, or multispecies swards, has the potential to outperform less diverse ones.…


Sheep scab: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Sheep scab is a major threat to the sheep industry, impacting on growth rates and causing serious welfare implications. Its prevalence has increased in the past 20 years following its…


How to get the best from stubble turnips for forage

With just two months from sowing to feeding, stubble turnips potentially deliver one of the quickest turnarounds of all forage crops suitable for sheep. While they don’t offer the highest…


Rigorous selection doubles ram sales for upland stud

Exacting standards on the maternal ability and commercial performance of breeding stock have grown the customer base of a Scottish farm’s Texel and Lleyn rams. Neil and Debbie McGowan of…

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