• LAST SPRING saw a higher number of mastitis cases being reported, probably related to the poor spring and cold weather.

  • FEW SHEEP farmers can claim not to have experienced some cases of vaginal prolapse in ewes.

  • CONTAGIOUS PUSTULAR Dermatitis virus, or orf as its better known, can be a major problem on many sheep units and in severe cases can cause death, however, its effects can be reduced by thorough cleaning and disinfection of lambing accommodation along with the use of a live vaccine, according to the latest NADIS Sheep Health Bulletin.

  • USING A two-stage feeding system for his breeding flock has helped ease management for William Morison, South Bogbain, Keith, providing him with easily lambed ewes with plenty milk and lambs with vigour.

  • LAMBING TIME has started for many early lambing flocks and preparation is essential.

  • RESEARCHERS AT Scotland's Rural College are launching a new campaign - Mothers Matter - aimed at helping farmers understand how healthy, happy and productive livestock starts with healthy, happy mothers.

  • PREGNANT WOMEN have been advised to avoid close contact with animals that are giving birth.

  • THREE MILLION or more lambs may die each spring in the UK, with stillbirths and difficult lambings, starvation/hypothermia and infectious diseases being the most common causes of death.

  • SHEEP HAVE evolved so that the majority of foetal growth - around 75% - occurs in the last six weeks of pregnancy and the breeding cycle of native ewes means that this growth would coincide with early spring grass growth.

  • THE NSA Lambing List for 2013/14 is now open, with the intention of matchmaking farmers who need assistance at lambing time with veterinary and agricultural students required to undertake a lambing placement as part of their educational studies.