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As well as timely articles on health issues, our team of vets have created some specific health information on sheep, these include technical notes, podcasts and videos.  There are also numerous industry driven resources on sheep health, links can be found in the below section.

Sheep

Useful Documents

Iceberg Diseases In Sheep

The phrase “Ice-berg Diseases” refers to a collection of chronic, infectious conditions which affect sheep. These diseases are so named due to the fact that for every visibly affected animal, there will be numerous other infected animals within the flock carrying the disease whilst only displaying sub clinical symptoms. Therefore, visibly affected animals generally only represent the “tip of the ice-berg”.  More information>>

Sheep Health Factsheet

This factsheet aims to highlight the general considerations for sheep health and what to look out for.  It should be used as a guide for when to seek veterinary advice, rather than being used to decide when an animal requires treatment.  Read more>>

Liver Fluke

Liver fluke is something all sheep farmers should take precautions against. This page has a wealth of information about the steps individual farmers can take, as well as information about liver fluke.  More information>>

Antibiotic Usage Tool

Antibiotics are vitally important when required on farms, but we must all play a part in ensuring they are available and can be used effectively for many years to come.  Antibiotics are primarily only effective against bacterial infections and have no action against viruses.  Read more>>

What Are Antibiotics?

Responsible use of antibiotics should be at the forefront of all our minds – should I use antibiotics?  What antibiotic should I use?  Are other treatments more appropriate?  This guide, along with discussion with your vet should assist with key decisions surrounding antibiotic use.  Read more>>

What Antibiotic Should I Choose?

Antibiotic sensitivity testing (AST) is a laboratory technique that is used to select the most effective antibiotic against an isolated bacteria. As a gold standard this should be carried out on all bacterial infections before antibiotic treatment begins.  Read more>>

Technical Note: Control of Sheep Scab and other Ectoparasites of Sheep

Sheep scab was mainly a disease of the autumn and winter but now outbreaks occur throughout the year.  Scab may be introduced to a flock by animals returning from shows, market, or away wintering and from neighbour’s sheep.  Read more>>

Technical Note: Sustainable Control of Parasitic Gastroenteritis In Sheep In Scotland

In Scotland, parasitic gastroenteritis is most commonly associated with the abomasal worm and gutworms.  In recent year global warming, bringing warmer wetter weather and longer grazing season, appears to be changing the epidermiologigy of helminth diseases.  Read more>>

The 5 Point Plan For Tackling Lameness In Sheep

Footrot and scald are the leading causes of sheep lameness in the UK, resulting in serious loss of production and financial returns to farmers, as well as being an animal welfare concern.  Read more>>

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