Running a Small Flock of Sheep

Running a Small Flock of Sheep

David G Hinton

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: B004Z4P4IA

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Running a Small Flock of Sheep uses a step-by-step approach and has been written for small-scale sheep farmers and inexperienced people considering a rural life-style change. It will prepare the reader for each procedure and event on a sheep farm.
The book begins with an introduction to the basic principles and procedures of sheep farming and the economics and required farm infrastructure for different sheep enterprises. There are chapters on handling techniques, the obligations of owners, and laws and regulations covering the welfare of sheep. The remainder of the text deals with sheep husbandry including health and nutrition, condition scoring, breeding, lamb care and weaner management. There are separate chapters on wool production and prime lamb production. The final chapter covers the diagnosis, control and prevention of sheep diseases.
This reliable and understandable guide provides all the information anyone needs to make the right choices in successfully managing a small flock of sheep, whether you're running a single pet or several hundred sheep for prime lamb, wool or dual purpose.

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in preference to this procedure. Mulesing involves the surgical removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from the breech, or crutch, area and the upper surface of the tail. This promotes stretching and enlargement of the natural area of bare skin around the anus and vulva and under the tail as the cuts heal. This in turn reduces the dampness, soiling and odours from sweat, urine and dung, making the breech area much less prone to flystrike. This operation is only necessary on loose or wrinkly

and worm management program to control internal parasites. Feeding The best lambs are those that grow fast from birth and keep growing after they are weaned. This means the feeding program for weaners starts with well-fed ewes. By the time pasture dries off, lambs should be at least 12 weeks of age and 18–25 kg liveweight. Lambs dropped in autumn are drenched and weaned onto Poor pasture makes poor weaners. 108 R unning a S ma ll F lo c k o f S he e p fresh green, clover-rich pasture. Wean

fleeces Prematurely shorn fleeces Weigh bales to ensure they are within the required weight range. Some presses have built-in scales, which make the task easier. Bales outside the weight range will need to be re-packed: put the bale back in the press and compact before re-opening. For ‘bulk’ or ‘bar’ bales, i.e. two or more wool descriptions stacked one on top of the other in the one bale, use paper, not bags or bale caps, to separate the various descriptions in the bale. The International Wool

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 Vaccination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Mulesing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Feeding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Weaning . . . . . .

‘LAMBPLAN’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Joining/lambing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 viii R unning a S ma ll F lo c k o f S he e p Lamb markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124 Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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