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Well-planned sheep housing and handling systems improve flock productivity, health and welfare. Find information on lambing pen hygiene and construction, race design, drafting pens, foot-baths, weigh scales and electronic identification (EID) equipment.

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LAMBING

How one farmer is delivering 1.8 lambs sold per ewe

Challenging grazing conditions posed by Cotswold brash stony soils that climb up to steep inclines of 750ft make running a low-input, grass-based system untenable at Church Farm in North Stoke.…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What’s in Your Livestock Shed? visits a £65,000 lambing shed

Doubling housing capacity by building a shed for 600 ewes is allowing a Carmarthenshire sheep enterprise to concentrate its lambing period in an eight-week block. Ben Anthony and Diana Fairclough…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Video: Roofless sheep unit helps preserve spring grass

Housing pregnant yearling ewes in a roofless slatted unit is allowing an Anglesey livestock farm to conserve grass for grazing in February. The five-pen unit at Marchynys Farm, Penmynydd, accommodates…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's in Your Livestock Shed? visits a £250,000 lambing shed

A Welsh family farm is future-proofing its sheep enterprise with a £250,000 investment in modern housing that allows its flock of 1,400 ewes to be lambed under one roof. Alan…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's In Your Livestock Shed at a high tech Exmoor farm

Unsurprisingly, the family that run Shearwell Data, one of the major UK players in the tag and software world, are keen on using technology to drive efficiencies throughout the farm.…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What’s In Your Livestock Shed? A cutting-edge sheep unit

A state-of-the-art sheep husbandry unit costing £435,000 has been developed at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, demonstrating some of the newest technologies on the market. These innovations help aid efficient…

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HOUSING AND HANDLING

Good sheep handling: Why it matters and how to improve it

Handling sheep may not come with the safety risk seen with cattle but ensuring systems are set up correctly goes a long way to reducing labour inputs and sheep stress.…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Q&A: Expert guide on how to set up sheep housing

Poor sheep housing can harm animal welfare causing dampness, dirty sheep, cold sheep and lambs, poor hygiene potential and increased feet problems. And it can also make harder work for…

HUSBANDRY

Video: Step-by-step guide to best sheep-shearing technique

A good shearing technique can add value to a fleece, while correct handling and control of the sheep protects the shearer’s back from injury. With farmers now finding it difficult…

HUSBANDRY

Picture and video guide: How to roll a fleece correctly

Handle a fleece well and rolling it correctly can reap rewards at the grading stage. Fiona Reuter, the BWMB’s Welsh regional co-ordinator, who organises shearing courses across Wales, takes Farmers…

LIVESTOCK

Bedding alternatives to straw for lambing

Managing and selecting the correct bedding material could not only reduce costs but also bring health benefits at lambing. Sheep farmers are embracing alternative bedding options at lambing, but whatever…

LIVESTOCK

Tips on winter housing for ewes ahead of lambing

Sheep producers need to make sure their winter housing is in order to maximise ewe and lamb productivity, according to EBLEX beef and sheep scientist Liz Genever. As we enter…