Livestock & Pets
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The Facial Grimace
The facial grimace is useful as a way to tell if a sheep is in pain, and how much pain.
Exit Drenching after Pre-lamb Treatments
At this time of the year, exit drenching is the term that we need to be thinking about the most. The idea behind exit drenching is that animals which were treated with a long-acting drench prior to lambing are likely to be approaching the end of the payout period of that product.
Swedish Gotland Pelt Sheep
Gotlands are born with jet black, silken coats (prized generations ago for fur coats) and change colour as they age. Their faces and legs are black with no wool – barrels on toothpicks.
Treatment options for foot problems in sheep and goats
Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
One of the problems that can occur when a ewe is lambing is that the cervix doesn't relax and expand fully.
Doing Faecal Egg Counts on sheep
Faecal Egg Counts measure the eggs per gram of faeces (epg) that pass through a sheep and hence the worm load.
Fostering orphan lambs
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.