Win­ter sheep tips

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature Country Calendar: Winter - If

• Check the con­di­tion score of ewes and feed ap­pro­pri­ately for the build up to lamb­ing. Beef & Lamb NZ has a free con­di­tion scor­ing hand­book for sheep with prac­ti­cal tips. Go to and search for ‘Ewe body con­di­tion scor­ing hand­book’.

• Get rid of all cull and known empty ewes to save feed.

• win­ter shear­ing, check wool is 100mm long and you have feed and shel­ter for shorn ewes. Only the main body wool is worth sell­ing.

• Don’t drench any sheep with­out an FEC from your vet, and seek ad­vice on the cor­rect prod­uct to avoid a build-up of drench-re­sis­tant worms.

• Leave 10-15% of the best an­i­mals un­drenched.

• Cull all sheep with chronic footrot.

• Check for lice if sheep are rub­bing and leav­ing wool on fences. Get vet ad­vice on prod­ucts to use.

• Only feed out hay or silage in small heaps to avoid waste, and feed con­cen­trates in troughs.

• Build up the body con­di­tion of rams needed for next sea­son. Cull all oth­ers.

• Check with your vet about prod­ucts needed for any meta­bolic prob­lems in late preg­nancy, and vac­ci­na­tions re­quired be­fore lamb­ing.

• Eu­thanis­ing sheep must be done ac­cord­ing to the Sheep Code of Wel­fare, and that in­cludes an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion so make sure you know what is the best prac­tice:

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