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Ewes: Looking After The Next Generation

Whether breeding as ewe lambs or as gimmers, looking after these young ewes will positively affect the flock performance for the next year and improve their lifetime productivity.  The ewe that lambs down well in her first year will stand a greater chance of lambing down well in future years.  The first step is focusing on their nutrition to get them to target mating weights.  

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New Entrants Calendar – Weaning Lambs – Best practice for New Entrants

In this video SAC Consulting’s Willie Budge gives an overview of what you need to consider when deciding to wean lambs and shares some top...

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Scald In Lambs

What is scald? Scald is also known as interdigital dermatitis and is most common in lambs.  It is a superficial infection of the skin between...

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Risks To Lambs In The Summer Months

While the highest risk period for lamb deaths is now past there are still threats to consider in the summer months, including:   Red Gut...

Read more >

Reduce Risk Of Scald In Lambs This Season

Scald is caused by bacteria (Dichelobacter nodosus) in the grass and leads to damage to the soft tissue between the toes of lambs. It can...

Read more >

Liver Fluke – Actions To Consider This Spring

In spring 2021 a number of flocks experienced ill thrift and/or deaths in ewes as a result of infection with liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica).  In...

Read more >

Needles

Before lambing, it is good practice to make sure you have all the equipment that you will require, and that it is clean, sterile and...

Read more >

Precision solutions to animal health & welfare: episode 2

Welcome along to our animal health & welfare series of eight podcasts.  Each podcast will look at the latest research around animal health & welfare,...

Read more >

Two’s Company Three Doesn’t Have To Be A Crowd

Do you have your scanning results, too many triplets, dreading feeding pet lambs?  Considering breeding the hoggs or want to make a better job of...

Read more >

Precision solutions to animal health & welfare: episode 1

Welcome along to our animal health & welfare series of podcasts. Over the course of 2021, we’ll be bringing you 8 podcasts, each falling under...

Read more >

Sheep Scab Resistance – A Developing Problem

Sheep scab is thought to be the most contagious parasitic disease in sheep and has significant detrimental effects on welfare and production.  It causes severe...

Read more >

Nematodirus battus in Lambs

The life cycle of Nematodirus battus differs from other gastrointestinal worms.  Development to infective larvae takes place within the egg, which allows the larvae to...

Read more >

Ewe Condition Through Lactation

Many will still be amid, or looking forward, to this year’s lambing, we hope it goes smoothly, but we also want to raise awareness of...

Read more >

Colostrum For Lambs

Colostrum is the ultimate super food for new born lambs, watch this short video, where Kirsten Williams gives some tips on storing, freezing and defrosting...

Read more >

Lambing Time Checklist

Successful lambing is much more than what goes on in the shed or the field at the time, planning, preparation and organisation go a long...

Read more >

Pre-Lambing Metabolic Profiling

Blood testing ewes 3 - 4 weeks before lambing is a great way to assess how the ration being offered is feeding.  It gives you the...

Read more >

Breeding And Feeding For Sustainable Sheep Systems

In this webinar, the first in a number of outputs, Dewi Jones, CEO of Innovis, will discuss how they have developed a low cost productive...

Read more >

Feeding Ewes In Mid-Pregnancy Under Snowy Conditions

Reports of more snow to come are concerning particularly for those that may have already been feeding supplementary forage since December.  For those lambing in...

Read more >

Twin Lamb Disease In Ewes That Are Fit

Fit ewes can be as susceptible to twin lamb disease (aka pregnancy toxaemia) as thin ewes although the prevention is slightly different.

Read more >

Animal Health is Wealth (podcast)

Following on from Animal Health is Wealth webinar, James Orr talks to The Woodlands Trust Scotland farmer Janet Pringle and her vet, Rhona Anderson of Forth...

Read more >

Investigating Sheep Abortions

Lambing is underway for many pedigree flocks and will be due to start soon for lots of others.  As such, SRUC Veterinary services are starting...

Read more >

Livestock Health Planning Over The Winter

Agricultural Consultant Malcolm Macdonald spoke to beef and sheep specialist Robert Ramsay and SRUC Vet Colin Mason about livestock health planning over the winter. Colin...

Read more >

VLOG – Tagging and Vaccinating

Autumn tasks include tagging your lambs and vaccinating them against clostridial diseases. Watch Aoife, Jake, and their team of helpers work together to carry this...

Read more >

VLOG – Teaser Tup

Tupping time is the start of the sheep year, and your management now can have a big impact of the success of the business for...

Read more >

VLOG – Lambing and Feeding

Pet lambs are unfortunately a likely occurrence for one reason or another during lambing time. Looked after well, these lambs can go on to match...

Read more >

VLOG – Hypothermic Lamb

  Do you know what the temperature of a normal healthy lamb is?* Dealing with chilled lambs can be a regular occurrence if you are...

Read more >

VLOG – Lambing Preparation

Lambing is the most important time on the shepherd’s calendar. The success or otherwise can depend on getting you sheep in the right condition and...

Read more >

Season with: Sheep Stores & Casts

SAC Consultant and Isle of Lewis crofter Iain Murdo Macmillan discusses his management of store sheep and cast ewes a the back end of the...

Read more >

Post-mortem of a ewe’s liver with fluke

The following video contains graphic scenes of a sheep post-mortem. Viewer discretion is advised.

Read more >

Importance of Long Fibre in Intensive Rations

Cattle which are fed on an ad-lib cereal-based finisher ration can have exceptional performance.  In order to achieve this exceptional performance good management is vital. 

Read more >

Plant Poisoning In Sheep

With the recent snow falling and the lack of grass sheep are more likely to seek shelter and forage on alternative sources. 

Read more >

Animal Health Is Wealth

Your opportunity to listen back to our Animal Health is Wealth webinar. Veterinary health planning is widely recognised for its value in terms of improving...

Read more >

Eye Conditions of Adult Sheep

There are three main eye conditions of the ewe, all of which can be associated with harsh winter weather and housing of ewes. 

Read more >

Iceberg Disease Case Study, Sion Williams, Bowhill Farming

Sion Williams, farm manager at Bowhill Farming, is forward thinking and has developed a plan for if an iceberg disease is found in the flock...

Read more >

Iceberg Disease Case Study, The Mitchell Family

The Mitchell family farm approximately 1050 acres across Whitriggs and Denholm Hill farms. This family run business acted as the Borders Monitor Farm for QMS...

Read more >

Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma

Often referred to as “Jaagsiekte” it is caused by a retrovirus. This virus infects the lungs of sheep, causing tumours to develop and fluid to...

Read more >

Maedi Visna

MV is caused by a retrovirus and is capable of having devastating effects on a flock, significantly reducing fertility and productivity. MV is a chronic...

Read more >

Caseous Lymphadenitis

Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) was first detected in UK sheep during 1987 following the importation of infected goats from Germany. Caused by the bacterium “Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis”...

Read more >

Border Disease

Often referred to as “hairy shaker disease”, Border Disease is caused by a pestivirus very similar to the one which causes Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Maedi Visna (MV)

MV – Maedi Visna (MV) was first detected in Icelandic sheep flocks during 1954, before being introduced to the UK following the importation of infected...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Border Disease (BD)

Borders Disease – Border Disease (BD) was initially identified in the UK during 1959. Often referred to as “hairy shaker disease”, Border Disease is caused...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA)

CLA – Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) was first detected in UK sheep during 1987 following the importation of infected goats from Germany. Caused by the bacterium...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma (OPA)

OPA – Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma (OPA) was first detected within the UK in 1888. Often referred to as “Jaagsiekte” it is caused by a retrovirus....

Read more >

Winter Livestock Health

Winter brings with it a wealth of hazards and health issues in cattle and sheep which can all negatively impact on livestock performance and profitability....

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...

Read more >

Flock Winter Management Tips

Our winters are getting wetter and milder, but snow can still catch us out.  A bad winter can impact the ewes and the land for...

Read more >

Liver Fluke Factsheet

Liver Fluke Factsheet Fluke is a complicated subject, but this short Practical Guide explains the essential information you need to know to protect and treat...

Read more >

Effective Fluke Control in Sheep: A conversation with Andrew Bailie

In this episode Hazel Laughton speaks with Andrew Baillie who farms at Carstairs Mains in Lanarkshire. Andrew shares his experience of suffering a substantial loss...

Read more >

Women in Agriculture: Webinar – Top Tips for Tupping

    Would your tups pass a MOT?  Are you risking buying in diseases and problems?  Are you on track for a good breeding season...

Read more >

Bolusing Versus Drenching For Ewes

Boluses or drenches both have their merits for supplementing ewes with trace elements at key times of the production cycle (pre-tupping and pre-lambing), but is...

Read more >

Autumn Lamb Health

The top four most commonly diagnosed conditions in lambs during autumn are systemic pasteurellosis, parasitic gastroenteritis (PGE), acute fluke and cobalt deficiency (pine), which can...

Read more >

Do You Know What Your Cows Weigh?

If you do not weigh your cows on a regular basis you might be surprised to know that the weight range between animals within the...

Read more >

Ewes: Looking After The Next Generation

Whether breeding as ewe lambs or as gimmers, looking after these young ewes will positively affect the flock performance for the next year and improve...

Read more >

Watch Your Water

Both water availability and quality are important considerations for cattle at grass, particularly during periods of hot weather.  Although rare, cases of blue-green algae (or...

Read more >

Sheep External Parasites On The Rise?

The winter of 2019/20 was exceptional, breaking records for both high temperatures and high rainfall, with the highest UK December temperature on record and the...

Read more >

Problems With Newborn Lambs and Calves Suckling

We have had more reports this year of newborn lambs and calves having problems suckling.  In some cases it appears that the young themselves will not suckle and...

Read more >

Maximising The Power Of Culling As A Management Tool

Culling cattle out the system is a powerful tool, not only to improve herd performance but also reduce the risk of any animal welfare breakdowns...

Read more >

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Select by an area of interest

New Entrants Calendar – Weaning Lambs – Best practice for New Entrants

In this video SAC Consulting’s Willie Budge gives an overview of what you need to consider when deciding to wean lambs and shares some top...

Read more >

Scald In Lambs

What is scald? Scald is also known as interdigital dermatitis and is most common in lambs.  It is a superficial infection of the skin between...

Read more >

Risks To Lambs In The Summer Months

While the highest risk period for lamb deaths is now past there are still threats to consider in the summer months, including:   Red Gut...

Read more >

Reduce Risk Of Scald In Lambs This Season

Scald is caused by bacteria (Dichelobacter nodosus) in the grass and leads to damage to the soft tissue between the toes of lambs. It can...

Read more >

Liver Fluke – Actions To Consider This Spring

In spring 2021 a number of flocks experienced ill thrift and/or deaths in ewes as a result of infection with liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica).  In...

Read more >

Needles

Before lambing, it is good practice to make sure you have all the equipment that you will require, and that it is clean, sterile and...

Read more >

Precision solutions to animal health & welfare: episode 2

Welcome along to our animal health & welfare series of eight podcasts.  Each podcast will look at the latest research around animal health & welfare,...

Read more >

Two’s Company Three Doesn’t Have To Be A Crowd

Do you have your scanning results, too many triplets, dreading feeding pet lambs?  Considering breeding the hoggs or want to make a better job of...

Read more >

Precision solutions to animal health & welfare: episode 1

Welcome along to our animal health & welfare series of podcasts. Over the course of 2021, we’ll be bringing you 8 podcasts, each falling under...

Read more >

Sheep Scab Resistance – A Developing Problem

Sheep scab is thought to be the most contagious parasitic disease in sheep and has significant detrimental effects on welfare and production.  It causes severe...

Read more >

Nematodirus battus in Lambs

The life cycle of Nematodirus battus differs from other gastrointestinal worms.  Development to infective larvae takes place within the egg, which allows the larvae to...

Read more >

Ewe Condition Through Lactation

Many will still be amid, or looking forward, to this year’s lambing, we hope it goes smoothly, but we also want to raise awareness of...

Read more >

Colostrum For Lambs

Colostrum is the ultimate super food for new born lambs, watch this short video, where Kirsten Williams gives some tips on storing, freezing and defrosting...

Read more >

Lambing Time Checklist

Successful lambing is much more than what goes on in the shed or the field at the time, planning, preparation and organisation go a long...

Read more >

Pre-Lambing Metabolic Profiling

Blood testing ewes 3 - 4 weeks before lambing is a great way to assess how the ration being offered is feeding.  It gives you the...

Read more >

Breeding And Feeding For Sustainable Sheep Systems

In this webinar, the first in a number of outputs, Dewi Jones, CEO of Innovis, will discuss how they have developed a low cost productive...

Read more >

Feeding Ewes In Mid-Pregnancy Under Snowy Conditions

Reports of more snow to come are concerning particularly for those that may have already been feeding supplementary forage since December.  For those lambing in...

Read more >

Twin Lamb Disease In Ewes That Are Fit

Fit ewes can be as susceptible to twin lamb disease (aka pregnancy toxaemia) as thin ewes although the prevention is slightly different.

Read more >

Animal Health is Wealth (podcast)

Following on from Animal Health is Wealth webinar, James Orr talks to The Woodlands Trust Scotland farmer Janet Pringle and her vet, Rhona Anderson of Forth...

Read more >

Investigating Sheep Abortions

Lambing is underway for many pedigree flocks and will be due to start soon for lots of others.  As such, SRUC Veterinary services are starting...

Read more >

Livestock Health Planning Over The Winter

Agricultural Consultant Malcolm Macdonald spoke to beef and sheep specialist Robert Ramsay and SRUC Vet Colin Mason about livestock health planning over the winter. Colin...

Read more >

VLOG – Tagging and Vaccinating

Autumn tasks include tagging your lambs and vaccinating them against clostridial diseases. Watch Aoife, Jake, and their team of helpers work together to carry this...

Read more >

VLOG – Teaser Tup

Tupping time is the start of the sheep year, and your management now can have a big impact of the success of the business for...

Read more >

VLOG – Lambing and Feeding

Pet lambs are unfortunately a likely occurrence for one reason or another during lambing time. Looked after well, these lambs can go on to match...

Read more >

VLOG – Hypothermic Lamb

  Do you know what the temperature of a normal healthy lamb is?* Dealing with chilled lambs can be a regular occurrence if you are...

Read more >

VLOG – Lambing Preparation

Lambing is the most important time on the shepherd’s calendar. The success or otherwise can depend on getting you sheep in the right condition and...

Read more >

Season with: Sheep Stores & Casts

SAC Consultant and Isle of Lewis crofter Iain Murdo Macmillan discusses his management of store sheep and cast ewes a the back end of the...

Read more >

Post-mortem of a ewe’s liver with fluke

The following video contains graphic scenes of a sheep post-mortem. Viewer discretion is advised.

Read more >

Importance of Long Fibre in Intensive Rations

Cattle which are fed on an ad-lib cereal-based finisher ration can have exceptional performance.  In order to achieve this exceptional performance good management is vital. 

Read more >

Plant Poisoning In Sheep

With the recent snow falling and the lack of grass sheep are more likely to seek shelter and forage on alternative sources. 

Read more >

Animal Health Is Wealth

Your opportunity to listen back to our Animal Health is Wealth webinar. Veterinary health planning is widely recognised for its value in terms of improving...

Read more >

Eye Conditions of Adult Sheep

There are three main eye conditions of the ewe, all of which can be associated with harsh winter weather and housing of ewes. 

Read more >

Iceberg Disease Case Study, Sion Williams, Bowhill Farming

Sion Williams, farm manager at Bowhill Farming, is forward thinking and has developed a plan for if an iceberg disease is found in the flock...

Read more >

Iceberg Disease Case Study, The Mitchell Family

The Mitchell family farm approximately 1050 acres across Whitriggs and Denholm Hill farms. This family run business acted as the Borders Monitor Farm for QMS...

Read more >

Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma

Often referred to as “Jaagsiekte” it is caused by a retrovirus. This virus infects the lungs of sheep, causing tumours to develop and fluid to...

Read more >

Maedi Visna

MV is caused by a retrovirus and is capable of having devastating effects on a flock, significantly reducing fertility and productivity. MV is a chronic...

Read more >

Caseous Lymphadenitis

Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) was first detected in UK sheep during 1987 following the importation of infected goats from Germany. Caused by the bacterium “Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis”...

Read more >

Border Disease

Often referred to as “hairy shaker disease”, Border Disease is caused by a pestivirus very similar to the one which causes Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Maedi Visna (MV)

MV – Maedi Visna (MV) was first detected in Icelandic sheep flocks during 1954, before being introduced to the UK following the importation of infected...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Border Disease (BD)

Borders Disease – Border Disease (BD) was initially identified in the UK during 1959. Often referred to as “hairy shaker disease”, Border Disease is caused...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA)

CLA – Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) was first detected in UK sheep during 1987 following the importation of infected goats from Germany. Caused by the bacterium...

Read more >

Ice-berg Diseases in Sheep – Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma (OPA)

OPA – Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma (OPA) was first detected within the UK in 1888. Often referred to as “Jaagsiekte” it is caused by a retrovirus....

Read more >

Winter Livestock Health

Winter brings with it a wealth of hazards and health issues in cattle and sheep which can all negatively impact on livestock performance and profitability....

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...

Read more >

Flock Winter Management Tips

Our winters are getting wetter and milder, but snow can still catch us out.  A bad winter can impact the ewes and the land for...

Read more >

Liver Fluke Factsheet

Liver Fluke Factsheet Fluke is a complicated subject, but this short Practical Guide explains the essential information you need to know to protect and treat...

Read more >

Effective Fluke Control in Sheep: A conversation with Andrew Bailie

In this episode Hazel Laughton speaks with Andrew Baillie who farms at Carstairs Mains in Lanarkshire. Andrew shares his experience of suffering a substantial loss...

Read more >

Women in Agriculture: Webinar – Top Tips for Tupping

    Would your tups pass a MOT?  Are you risking buying in diseases and problems?  Are you on track for a good breeding season...

Read more >

Bolusing Versus Drenching For Ewes

Boluses or drenches both have their merits for supplementing ewes with trace elements at key times of the production cycle (pre-tupping and pre-lambing), but is...

Read more >

Autumn Lamb Health

The top four most commonly diagnosed conditions in lambs during autumn are systemic pasteurellosis, parasitic gastroenteritis (PGE), acute fluke and cobalt deficiency (pine), which can...

Read more >

Do You Know What Your Cows Weigh?

If you do not weigh your cows on a regular basis you might be surprised to know that the weight range between animals within the...

Read more >

Ewes: Looking After The Next Generation

Whether breeding as ewe lambs or as gimmers, looking after these young ewes will positively affect the flock performance for the next year and improve...

Read more >

Watch Your Water

Both water availability and quality are important considerations for cattle at grass, particularly during periods of hot weather.  Although rare, cases of blue-green algae (or...

Read more >

Sheep External Parasites On The Rise?

The winter of 2019/20 was exceptional, breaking records for both high temperatures and high rainfall, with the highest UK December temperature on record and the...

Read more >

Problems With Newborn Lambs and Calves Suckling

We have had more reports this year of newborn lambs and calves having problems suckling.  In some cases it appears that the young themselves will not suckle and...

Read more >

Maximising The Power Of Culling As A Management Tool

Culling cattle out the system is a powerful tool, not only to improve herd performance but also reduce the risk of any animal welfare breakdowns...

Read more >

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