Sheep health and disease

Resources, advice and farmer case studies on how to maintain sheep health and deal with disease in your flock.


Prevention is the best way to avoid mastistis. Find out more about mastitis and its impact and how to avoid and treat it.

Cleanliness key to beating mastitis in sheep

Worms & liver fluke

Information on a range of intestinal worms, how to control them and advice on wormers.

Changing weather causes change in worm patterns

Wormer resistance is on the rise – case study of one sheep farmer’s experience of resistance in his flock

Farmer warns on wormer resistance

Using the correct technique when administering anthelmintics will have an impact on control of worms.

Watch a video explaining the importance of assessing weights and  checking drench guns so correct doses are given. 


Orf disease is highly contagious and difficult to control. Orf facts and advice on control and vaccination.

Getting orf under control

Sheep scab

Sheep scab can be difficult to detect and is often confused with lice. Getting it right is vital in order to get the correct treatment.

Get diagnosis right for sheep scab

Information on the causes, legislation and treatment for effective control.

Will we ever get on top of sheep scab?

Case study – how a group of 20 lamb producers took a collective approach to sheep scab eradication.

Sheep scab eradication requires teamwork

Johne’s Disease

Some sheep farmers are not aware theat Johne’s can affect sheep as well as cattle. Advice on how to detect the disease, its impact and treatment.

Johne’s could be hampering your flock

Clostridial disease

Diseases in sheep caused by clostridial pathogens are aggressive and often fatal.

Flock Focus: Clostridial disease protection

Protecting your flock from clostridial diseases and pasteurella

Maedi visna infection

The last 15 years has seen a doubling in the instances of this highly contagious viral disease. Find out how a Cumbrian farmer experienced the infection in his flock

Farmer talks of MV devastation as cases in UK double

Turn-in eyelids in lambs

Entropian/turn-in eyelids can be a common problems in lambs.

Watch a video explaining how to treat the common weepy eye condition by injecting a mild penicillin around the eye.

Hypothermia in lambs

Hypothermia is a big killer in lambs particularly in extreme weather conditions.

Watch a video explaining the methods to control hypothermia or read practical tips to help prevent it in the first place.


It is crucial for disease control that vaccines are being administered correctly. Advice on how to vaccinate effectively, including storage, administration and timing.

Flock Focus: Inject some care into your vaccine programme

Lamb loss

Reducing lamb mortality can have a major impact on farm income. We examine the causes of lamb losses, nutrition and management practices.

How to reduce costly lamb losses


Lameness can be a real issue in many flocks with foot-rot often the main cause. Find out how you can reduce it in your flock by using the Five-Point plan. Technical advice is available as well as videos and case studies.

Get expert advice and information on lameness


Schmallenberg is a viral disease which affects sheep, cattle and goats and was first detected in August 2011 in cattle in the Netherlands and Germany.

Read and watch videos about farmers who have had flocks suffer from the disease and how they have controlled it. Information is also available on vaccination and latest disease spread.

Avoiding disease

A range of diseases such as footrot, worm resistance and sheep scab can be brought in with buying stock. Advice on how to put systems in place to avoid this risk.

Don’t risk buying in sheep diseases


Providing incorrect levels of minerals can have adverse effects on sheep health and can have costly consequences for producers.
Check out the latest on tackling mineral deficiency problems

Record keeping

Simple record keeping can help identify health problems early.

Find out how simple record keeping has helped to reduce lamb losses on a Somerset sheep farm by 4.3%

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