Lucerne is a high quality feed that will produce large quantities of wool, milk and meat in grazed systems. Sheep and cattle production can increase by 10-50% if lucerne is included in grass pastures.
The liveweight gain from grazing lucerne ranges from 0.6-1.2 kg/head/day, compared with the daily liveweight gain of cattle . . . → Read More: Lucerne for Animal Production
All animals can learn to respect a hot wire. The usual introduction is by muzzle contact. The muzzle is moist and makes a good electrical connection between the wire and the body. However, for best results you need to consider the behaviour and body formation of the animal you intend to control.
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Cow showing clinical signs of malignant catarrhal fever
Malignant catarrhal fever or MCF is a disease which many farmers know very little about despite many farms having had at least one case. In the UK, MCF affects primarily cattle and deer. Sheep can carry the virus but do not develop disease.
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Quarantine may need to be adopted if sheep are agisted or travel along roads where exposure to other sheep is possible. Quarantine if stray sheep are mixed with your own sheep.
The footrot bacterium Dichelobacter nodosus survives off sheep for up to 7 days. Keep newly introduced sheep in . . . → Read More: Quarantine periods for important sheep diseases
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Use this article to help identify the pre-disposing conditions for the development of clostridial diseases and cheesy gland. If these conditions exist, adopt management strategies to prevent the diseases. Both clostridial disease and cheesy gland are prevented by vaccination.
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Australian sheep blowfly
Flystrike is the second most costly disease that affects sheep after gastrointestinal parasites. The severity of the problem varies between years, depending on rainfall, but it is a problem in weaners in most years. Flystrike control and prevention are based on integrating management to reduce sheep attractiveness to . . . → Read More: Management of flystrike in sheep