NZ Lifestyle Block - - Farming -

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.

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