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Plan for Bluetongue vaccination

Breeders are urged to consider vaccinating their stock against Bluetongue as the threat of an outbreak in the UK grows ever higher.  The re-emergence of the disease in France last autumn and its continued spread…

By Jonathan

June 13, 2016

How fit are your ewes now?

A good grass growing autumn is to be welcomed, but has left some breeders concerned about their flocks being in too good condition in the lead up to lambing. In general, ewes being too thin…

By adm4TSS@@

December 16, 2015

Take time to tackle lameness

The end of tupping and the coming onset of lambing are exciting times, with the high expectations that come with the use of new genetics and a new breeding season. But while there is an…

By adm4TSS@@

December 7, 2015

It’s the meat that matters

Taking pride in the health, welfare and presentation of animals is a good thing. Combined with protecting the environment through sustainable management practices this forms the basis of the message that needs to go out…

By adm4TSS@@

September 11, 2015

Why is it so hard to stop trimming sheep’s feet?

Articles and literature introducing the basics of sheep husbandry are often associated with a picture of a sheep having its feet trimmed. Why is the association between the sheep and trimming so strong? The clinical…

By adm4TSS@@

August 11, 2015

Ensure rams are fit to work this season

The ability of a ram to get ewes in lamb is a breeder’s reputation. As well as a sensible approach to feeding, making sure all rams are given an ‘MOT’ before sale is vital. Pressure…

By adm4TSS@@

July 6, 2015

Is bigger better?

When it comes to preparing rams for sale does size matter? The answer is probably yes, but not at the cost of ram fitness and longevity. So why does size matter? Before the development of…

By adm4TSS@@

June 15, 2015

The importance of ewe mature size

Larger ewes may be desired by some breeders, but others are considering whether this increase in ewe mature size is detrimental to their flock, explains Signet breeding consultant Sion Parry. This is particularly important as…

By adm4TSS@@

June 2, 2015

Are your wormers working?

The first anthelmintic wormer was developed in 1961 and played an important role in improving the health and productivity of sheep production. At the time, the aim of this and of other wormers subsequently developed…

By adm4TSS@@

May 20, 2015

Reviewing flock performance post-lambing

Genetic improvement and breeding programmes play an important role in flock performance, but to get the best out of any animal still requires good management and stockmanship. Recording and reviewing flock performance on an ongoing…

By adm4TSS@@

May 11, 2015

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