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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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SHEEP

How an Oxfordshire sheep unit sells 1.92 lambs per ewe

An early-lambing flock is achieving feed conversion rates of 2.5:1 and is selling 1.92 lambs per ewe. Michael Priestley visited Warborough Farm with the Nuffield Beef and Sheep Group to…

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.…

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HOUSING AND HANDLING

Alternative bedding for sheep: What to consider

Materials used to bed sheep at lambing must deliver on comfort but other considerations are needed, not least protecting the ewe and her lambs from potentially harmful organisms. Straw is…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Complete guide to silage clamp compliance

Water authorities are carrying out farm inspections to prevent effluent polluting watercourses. With silage a particular threat, how can farmers ensure they don’t get caught out? There were more than…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How to design the best sheep handling system

Constructing a good handling unit can cut labour hours by as much as 18% by allowing handlers to complete a variety of tasks efficiently and safely. To achieve the best…

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…