TIP: Coloured mark­ings

Country Smallholding - - Feature -

Cre­ate a stan­dard list of coloured mark­ings used on your sheep to iden­tify spe­cific things such as num­ber of lambs ex­pected (scan­ning re­sults), pro­lapse re­strainer fit­ted, dys­func­tional ud­der, ve­teri­nary treat­ments given / re­quired etc etc, and also write down the pro­ce­dures and pro­to­cols that should be fol­lowed for both nor­mal de­liv­er­ies and more com­plex sit­u­a­tions. Print out copies of the list and pin them up in the lamb­ing shed and other key ar­eas. En­sure that every­one who’s in­volved with the sheep at this time is fa­mil­iar with this set of ‘rules’, and ad­heres to it. It sim­pli­fies mat­ters no end if you are able to tell ex­actly what the sit­u­a­tion is con­cern­ing a par­tic­u­lar ewe, and whether she’s re­ceived ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment, with­out hav­ing to go and wake up the last per­son who was on duty in or­der to ask them. If you use the same sys­tem year af­ter year it’ll be­come sec­ond na­ture.

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