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Diarrhoea in sheep
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!
Worksafe guidelines for sheep fasting times
Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) now recommends that sheep are fasted prior to shearing
Stop dagging sheep
Lifestyle blocks are unfortunately a great place to find sheep decorated with dags.
Don't castrate your ram lambs
Before you get the rings out to castrate your lambs this spring, decide if it’s a wise move to turn them into wethers.
When to wean lambs?
If you get things wrong, you’ll end up with poor weaners that will be poor hoggets, and these in turn will make poor-performing ewes over their lifetime.
Watch for lamb mix-ups at birth
If you’re keeping breeding records of your sheep flock, making sure you get the correct mother at birth is critical
Rearing a pet lamb can be a great experience and it’s especially rewarding if you’ve saved a young lamb from starvation and exposure.
Don't shift a ewe soon after she has lambed
When a ewe is preparing to lamb, she’ll try to find a quiet spot for a birth site.
Helping a ewe birth a lamb
If you have to put your hand into the vagina, and then through the cervix of the ewe into the uterus to sort out a lambing problem, try this to make it easier:
Producing wool for homespinners
Natural coloured fleece is sought after by handspinners, but the quality has to be right.
Rearing a lamb or kid for school
The day you are offered an orphan lamb or kid to rear for school pet day - you have to be very hard hearted.
Cutting a sheep's throat is not humane
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.
Have you got a ram sorted out?
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.