Livestock & Pets
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about keeping pets and livestock. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Worksafe guidelines for sheep fasting times
Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) now recommends that sheep are fasted prior to shearing
Stop dagging sheep
Lifestyle blocks are unfortunately a great place to find sheep decorated with dags.
Don't castrate your ram lambs
Before you get the rings out to castrate your lambs this spring, decide if it’s a wise move to turn them into wethers.
When to wean lambs?
If you get things wrong, you’ll end up with poor weaners that will be poor hoggets, and these in turn will make poor-performing ewes over their lifetime.
Watch for lamb mix-ups at birth
If you’re keeping breeding records of your sheep flock, making sure you get the correct mother at birth is critical
Rearing a pet lamb can be a great experience and it’s especially rewarding if you’ve saved a young lamb from starvation and exposure.