Lambs should be growing at 300g per day.
Lambs and ewes should be on good pasture. If you see diarrhoea, it may be due to rich pasture, not parasites. Symptoms of a parasite infestation include runny eyes, thin animal, dull coat, and coughing. Always do a faecal egg count before drenching, to avoid drench resistance.
Remove dags and long wool from back ends and under bellies, and apply a product that helps to prevent flystrike.
Book your shearer. If you have a small flock, it can pay to work in with your neighbours. This is attractive to a shearer, who can arrange to do everyone’s sheep on the same day.
Sheep about to be shorn need to be kept cool and dry. Dust-free, covered or shaded yards, and access to cold water is important to help avoid stress, as stress and dust can cause pneumonia.
Check with your shearer if they require you to be on site. Sheep should be just outside or in the pen when the shearer arrives. The best time of day to shear – if possible – is early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the hottest part of the day.