Sunday, 26 June 2011

Week Six and Week Seven

Hello again,

These past two weeks have been very busy. I have just clicked (see below) the gimmers and heptavac'd(see below) them. I also looked at their feet to make sure they are healthy, which they were.
I am going to move them from the section of grass they are on, to another patch because they have grazed the grass right down.

As I promised I am going to tell you what you need to have when you want to start your own flock.
  1. You will need a herd/flock number from your local agricultural office as all sheep have to be registered and tagged. Your sheep tag will have your herd/flock number on it so all of your sheep are identified and can be traced back to you. These tags are placed permanently in the sheep's ear as soon as they are big enough perhaps 2 to 3 months old. If you haven't been given a herd/flock number do not buy sheep or lambs as you are breaking the law.
  2. Your land must be well and properly fenced for sheep because they are the cause of many arguments in the countryside. Sheep have a knack of spotting something better on someone else's land and managing to get to it.
  3. A dosing gun (for giving them worming and other oral treatments) is essential and you can by a multi-purpose one from your local farmers store. You can buy them with "pour-on" attachments for applying anti fly treatments which are all the better as then sheep dipping can be eliminated by applying pour-on applications.
  4. A holding pen in a dry, good spot where you can easily drive your sheep into and hold them for dosing and shearing.
  5. Food and water are the only other essential requirements for sheep, but they do not look after themselves and will require inspection at least once a day because there is always problems with sheep, but most times the problems are only minor.
As well I said I would tell you the latest show results from the UK:

The Royal Highland Show
Champion: Mr Sandy Fraser with his Ewe lamb.

Three Counties Show
Champion: Mr Chris Holmes
Reserve Champion: Mr V E & B M Samuel

If you would like me to cover any particular subjects on my blog or to explain any matters I've already mentioned, just leave a comment.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Jack

Heptavac = Heptavac P Plus sheep and lamb vaccine for the active immunisation of sheep as an aid in the control of lamb dysentery, pulpy kidney, struck, tetanus, braxy, blackleg, black disease and clostridial metritis caused by the above listed organisms. An opaque fluid vaccine combined 7 in 1 clostridial plus pasteurella vaccine.

Click = Is a water-based, ready-to-use, pour-on formulation, containing 5% w/v dicyclanil.

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