• LISTERIOSIS can be a killer disease for Scottish sheep flocks and is almost entirely preventable by taking greater care when feeding.

  • CLEANLINESS and infection control in the lambing/calving shed is paramount at all times and a new product developed and manufactured in Fife, intends to be the most powerful weapon in the modern first-aid arsenal.

  • ELECTRONIC identification (EID) of livestock should not be viewed as an inconvenience, but more of a benefit to their business that livestock producers cannot ignore.

  • THE first step towards implementing a control programme for EAE is the close monitoring of any abnormal signs during lambing time, according to Matt Haslam, an in-house vet with Benchmark Animal Health.

  • OVINE pregnancy toxaemia - also known as twin lamb disease - is a major cause of mortality and ill-thrift at lambing time.

  • IF there's a sheep breed that has witnessed a surge in popularity in recent years it is undoubtedly the Zwartbles which can be seen dotted in fields up and down the country and now outnumbers many other sheep breeds at agricultural shows.

  • MOTHER nature has been far from considerate in recent months, with weeks upon weeks of torrential rain bursting streams into rivers and fields into paddling - even swimming - pools, however, there is still hope for sheep farmers, with the first of the scanning results actually up on the year.

  • WITH 55% of lamb losses being caused by poor ewe feeding, farmers are advised to pay close attention to nutrition in the run-up to lambing.

  • SHEPHERDS with a flock barren rate greater than 2% can now ask their vet for a subsidised blood test to establish whether the likely cause of the problem is toxoplasmosis.

  • FASCIOLIASIS is the disease caused by liver fluke (fasciola hepatica) and the fluke is common on farms on the western side of Britain due to the increased rainfall, but it also becoming increasingly established in the east.