Running a Small Flock of Sheep
David G Hinton
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Running a Small Flock of Sheep uses a step-by-step approach and has been written for small-scale sheep farmers and inexperienced people considering a rural life-style change. It will prepare the reader for each procedure and event on a sheep farm.
The book begins with an introduction to the basic principles and procedures of sheep farming and the economics and required farm infrastructure for different sheep enterprises. There are chapters on handling techniques, the obligations of owners, and laws and regulations covering the welfare of sheep. The remainder of the text deals with sheep husbandry including health and nutrition, condition scoring, breeding, lamb care and weaner management. There are separate chapters on wool production and prime lamb production. The final chapter covers the diagnosis, control and prevention of sheep diseases.
This reliable and understandable guide provides all the information anyone needs to make the right choices in successfully managing a small flock of sheep, whether you're running a single pet or several hundred sheep for prime lamb, wool or dual purpose.
Hours; ensure adequate nutrition; inspect at least twice each day and three times in very hot weather; provide fresh, clean and wholesome water at all times in a stable container at the perimeter of the tether; provide adequate exercise and train sheep to adapt to tethering. Home butchery Slaughtering and dressing of lambs for home rations produce very economical meat for the freezer. There are state and municipal laws that regulate slaughtering, so you should check these out before commencing.
The height of green leaves at randomly selected places. Fresh young ryegrass will have a very low DM: 10% (high moisture level 90%) compared to dry coarse grass or straw with an 85% DM (see Table 13.2). Estimate the amount of bare ground, and in dry situations the amount of ground cover. The percentage of bare ground (no pasture) reduces the measured quantity of feed available by the same percentage. Ensuring minimum ground cover is important to protect the soil and plants from permanent damage.
Adjusted to its use. A prolonged and watchful training period is essential. Rain protection is usually best to avoid spoilage. Some grains flow better than others. Grain and pellet self-feeder. Hay Hay needs to be well spread so that even the shy feeders have access. Large bales left for self-feeding are wasteful as the more aggressive dominate the bales and foul much of the hay. Feeding two or three times per week is best. Self-feeders are useful for lambing ewes or where hay is fed as a small.
From the vulva. If the ewe has not lambed she will strain as though she is trying to do so, become considerably distressed and do further damage during lambing if corrective action is not taken. Permanent damage and even flystrike may result if the prolapse is not corrected after lambing. Vaginal prolapse. Prolapse retainer being inserted. Using disinfectant and a lubricant clean the prolapsed tissue and gently push it back inside the vagina and insert a ewe prolapse retainer. The tear-drop.
Denser fleeces. Pizzle dropping, done at marking, will help reduce the incidence of pizzle strike. In this operation a small cut above the pizzle causes it to hang down below the wool line. 154 R unning a S ma ll F lo c k o f S he e p Run-through jetter. Treatment. Using hand shears, cut the wool away from the struck site. Clear all the maggots out of the wound and apply a blowfly wound dressing powder or liquid. Carefully follow the maggot trails to ensure that none remain. Destroy maggots.