Rotational grazing can be simply explained as moving livestock between pastures (often called paddocks) every set number of days or as needed. The benefits of rotational grazing are many. But, how do you get started? In this issue we explore three practical paddock configurations. Premier’s electric netting is well-suited for rotational grazing—it’s quick to install, […]
Vaccinations are an integral part of a flock health management program. They provide cheap insurance against diseases that commonly affect sheep and goats. Probably, the only universally recommended vaccine for sheep and goats is CDT. CDT toxoid provides three-way protection against enterotoxemia (overeating disease) caused byClostridium perfringins types C and D and tetanus (lockjaw) caused […]
Feed represents the single largest cost in all types of sheep production. A ewe’s nutritional needs are not static. What and how much to feed a ewe depends upon many factors, including the ewe’s age, weight, and body condition, along with her stage and level of production. Climate and exercise can also have an effect […]
Sheep do not require specific feedstuffs. They require energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. Energy Energy makes up the largest portion of the diet and is usually the most limiting nutrient in sheep diets. Carbohydrates, fat, and excess protein in the diet all contribute towards fulfilling the energy requirements of sheep. Carbohydrates are the […]
Did you survive the winter snow and cold? Are you getting that “Spring Fever”? What about your pasture? Now is the time to start assessing the overall conditions to decide what management steps must be taken to have a productive pasture for the coming year. Looking at the overall pasture composition becomes an important step […]
Guidelines for mineral supplementation from EBLEX of the UK. Better Returns from Optimized Use of Minerals and Vitamins EBLEX exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English lamb and beef sectors. It is funded by a statutory check-off paid on all beef and sheep animals slaughtered in or live animals exported from England.
Boost Returns by on-farm salting of skins from native breeds or unusually colored sheep, as they may have higher value. EBLEX exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English lamb and beef sectors. It is funded by a statutory check-off paid on all beef and sheep animals slaughtered in or live animals exported […]
“The breeding ewe is key to any sheep system. However, selecting ewes for your own replacements or to sell to others is no simple task. Potential breeding stock needs to be selected to suit the specific system and the intended markets for its progeny. Thankfully, the challenge of selection is made easier by the availability […]
“Lameness presents a serious cost to the sheep industry. The estimated losses from footrot alone equate to about £6 a year for every ewe in Great Britain. If you take into account all the other causes of lameness, the total cost to the sector is staggering. It may not be possible to eradicate lameness entirely, […]
Manage time. Reduce Costs. Make sheep less work. Target Easier Management for Better Returns EBLEX exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English lamb and beef sectors. It is funded by a statutory check-off paid on all beef and sheep animals slaughtered in or live animals exported from England.