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Marker spray standing the test of time

Knowing the breeding history of ewes and ewe lambs is crucial to maintain the long-term productivity of the flock.

Craig Forsyth, runs a flock of Charollias and Suffolk breeding ewes, in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Ensuring he has a clear record of lambing performance, prolificacy and maternal traits is a vital tool for flock management, and the overall system he is running.

“We retain 80% of our ewe lambs, and therefore we need to ensure the information flow is as detailed and accurate as it can be, to continue to improve the genetics and performance of the flock.

Optimise your lambing routine

On average, 10 to 25% of total lamb deaths occur within the first 48 hours after birth. But this could be reduced to 5% by improving lambing routines.

“For indoor lambing flocks having clean, dry lambing pens is crucial to reduce the spread of bacterial infection,” explains Nia Williams, Nettex technical manager.

“Ideally, cleaning pens out after each ewe would be the most effective way to reduce the build-up of bacteria in the environment, but this is not always practical.