• ORPHAN lambs can pay their way and do just as well as those raised by the ewe, however, they require good management and a quality diet to do so.

  • CAREFUL management of ewe nutrition to ensure a body condition score of 2.5-3.0, from pre-tupping right throughout the majority of pregnancy, is vital to ensure successful foetal growth and development.

  • AN independent and blind trial conducted by the Althnorthumbria Veterinary Group, has found that Cosecure soluble glass lamb boluses were the 'best in class' for profit and weight gain.

  • DO you have sheep on your farm which lose condition for no obvious reason?

  • LOOKING AT sheep worming options for 2015, an overriding priority is to use a minimal number of treatments with maximum efficacy when they are given, according to Zoetis vet, Andrew Montgomery.

  • SHEEP farmers implementing the practical FAI Farms five-point plan to control lameness within the flock could reduce antibiotic treatments by as much as 92% withing two years.

  • SHEEP require an adequate supply of energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, but protein is particularly important for the ewe during the last three weeks of pregnancy for udder development and milk production, pointed out the levy-funded body, EBLEX this week..

  • THAT increassed flock performance can be achieved by tweaking and improving management is no new thing, but what is new is the fact that EBLEX' 'Better returns' programme has produced a list of 27 records and 24 performance indicators which can be used to make those important changes.

  • LAMBING preparation is the key to success in the lambing shed, but farmers must take a proactive approach to maximise ewe performance and live lambs in in the run up to starting their annual 'harvest'.

  • POOR quality forage could cause severe problems with listeriosis infection in sheep and result in a mortality rate of up to 10% in the most extreme cases, NADIS has warned in its latest health bulletin for Scotland.