Mating hoggets can be quite profitable if done properly, but it has severe pitfalls which have be taken care off.
When considering the state of health of a sheep, it's a great help to know its liveweight.
Docking removes most of the lamb’s tail to prevent build up of dags on the wool around the sheep’s back end.
Sheep have generally very good vision. The position of the eye allows for wide peripheral vision – with each eye they can span some 145° with each eye.
Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) now recommends that sheep are fasted prior to shearing
If your sheep get diarrhoea, their daggy rear ends will be a very obvious sign, not just to you but to all the passers-by who look over your fence!
Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this she will not take a lamb that smells differently.
With today's more fertile sheep breeds, inevitably there are more lambs born, which everyone thinks is a good thing.
Saving lambs this spring is all about being well prepared, having the right gear and knowing when to offer or seek help.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
Wool merchants are getting hot under the collar about people packing wool when it’s damp.
If you’re keeping breeding records of your sheep flock, making sure you get the correct mother at birth is critical
Natural coloured fleece is sought after by handspinners, but the quality has to be right.
Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
A ram has two jobs. He has to get ALL the ewes pregnant, and then improve the next generation of the flock via his offspring.
A few hours before lambing, a ewe will move away from the main flock to find a quiet birth site.
Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.