Sheep Farming Issues

Efficient sheep farming depends on resolving issues quickly and cost effectively.  Our sheep farming issues will help you to get to grips with things that crop up on your farm.

Coccidiosis in lambs

Coccidiosis can become a problem of intensively-reared lambs occurring primarily indoors where stocking densities are high but may also occur in lambs at pasture where there is heavy contamination around.. read more

Lambs

White muscle disease

White muscle disease develops in calves and lambs of dams that received selenium-deficient feed during or before gestation.  Areas where selenium is low in the forage may suffer from this.. read more

Toxoplasmosis

Research has shown that a significant decrease in lamb losses due to Toxoplasmosis can be achieved by feeding Deccox during pregnancy.  It should be added to the feed to provide.. read more

Urinary calculi (stones) in lambs

Urinary sediment forms initially in the kidneys. It usually passes, via the ureter to the bladder. Fine sediment may pass harmlessly through the urethra, or may aggregate as larger particles.. read more

Rectal prolapse

Rectal prolapse is common in young animals in association with severe diarrhea and straining. Causal factors include severe enteritis, endoparasitism, disorders of the rectum (eg, foreign bodies). Animals of any.. read more

Post lambing feeding

Lactation places the highest nutrient demands on the ewe.  A ewe requires three times as much energy per day in early lactation compared with maintenance.  Lactating ewes normally reach their.. read more

Finishing lambs

In order to achieve maximum economic returns, farmers need to plan production to meet the requirements of the chosen market. Buyers are becoming more specific as consumer demand for a.. read more

Ewes in late pregnancy

Seventy per cent of foetal growth occurs during the last six weeks of pregnancy.  To prevent excessive use of the ewe’s own tissues the diet needs to provide all the.. read more

Breeding from ewe lambs

It is estimated that up to about 55% of the lowland flock replacement females could give birth at one year of age. One advantage of lambing ewe lambs is that.. read more

Artificially reared lambs

As finished lamb prices continue to firm, artificially rearing lambs remain a viable financial option, with gross income estimated to be £82/lamb, with variable costs of £47.  Artificial rearing does.. read more