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.

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Blow Fly

This year has seen real pressure on products preventing blow fly – it is important to be vigilant especially if it remains warm throughout September. Remember: Application of a preventative.. read more

Vaccinate your ewes to protect your lambs

A recent post mortem study at a Fallen Stock Collection Centre (FSCC) has shown that sheep producers are still losing too many lambs to pasteurellosis and clostridial diseases like pulpy.. read more

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


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


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