Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this she will not take a lamb that smells differently.
Sheep have generally very good vision. The position of the eye allows for wide peripheral vision – with each eye they can span some 145° with each eye.
Sheep are ruminants – and they start eating pasture from about a week old. They are efficient ruminants by about a month old.
A few hours before lambing, a ewe will move away from the main flock to find a quiet birth site.
Hogget lambing is regularly promoted as a way to increase income, but results have been variable in the past.
Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) now recommends that sheep are fasted prior to shearing
Mating hoggets can be quite profitable if done properly, but it has severe pitfalls which have be taken care off.
If you’re keeping breeding records of your sheep flock, making sure you get the correct mother at birth is critical
When a ewe is preparing to lamb, she’ll try to find a quiet spot for a birth site.
Natural coloured fleece is sought after by handspinners, but the quality has to be right.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.