Virtual Sheep Week
Day 4 - Flock Health
On Thursday the focus was on flock health. If you missed anything on the day the webinar, publications and videos are all available below
Having a high health status of your flock is a critical corner stone to improving flock productivity and profitability.
The panel discussion was led by Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, Michael was joined by:
Orla Keane discussed why good parasite control is vital to flock health and welfare and how it is threatened by the emergence of parasites resistant to the commonly used anthelmintics (wormers). She highlighted the key steps that farmers can take to prolong the life of the currently available anthelmintics.
Tim Keady provided knowledge on the mineral and vitamin supplementation and delivery strategies being used on Irish sheep farms. He dealt with farmer’s understanding of, and opinions, in relation to mineral supplementation strategies and deficiencies. He discussed recent studies undertaken on mineral supplementation of growing lambs and pregnant ewes.
Maresa Sheehan discussed in detail the importance of having and implementing good biosecurity protocols and quarantine procedures on your farm to maintain flock health. There are a number of emerging disease that flock owners should be aware of and the importance of keeping them out of your sheep flock.
Flock Health Videos
Teagasc Sheep Specialist Damian Costello goes through the process of calibrating your dosing gun when drenching sheep
Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep, Teagasc outlines how carrying out routine dung samples from a batch of lambs will help identify whether or not the lambs need a dose. Michael also runs through the process of how you take a sample
All farm animals naturally carry a number of organisms which can be transferred to humans and cause ill health. In this short clip, Sean Doorley, Teagasc drystock advisors highlights ways to improve good farm hygiene to try to prevent the spread of disease from animals to humans.
Sheep farmer John Curley farms in a limestone area in Co. Roscommon which has the trouble of being deficient in cobalt and the sheep need to be supplemented. John tells of his experience of ill thrift in lambs and he overcame this problem through a trial with Teagasc and supplemetation
- Lamb mortality - when it occurs, causes and management practices
- Lamb birth weight
- Late pregnancy concentrate - be aware of ingredient composition
- Control of Stomach Worms – improving sustainability - booklet
- Nutrition during late pregnancy – the foundation to flock profitability
- Slowing the development of anthelmintic resistance
- Cobalt Supplementation
- Ewe genotype – the key factor influencing ewe productivity
- Season of shearing impacts flock profitability
- SheepNet and EuroSheep - EU thematic networks to improve sheep profitability