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Sheep Information

From Lambing and nutrition to ram fertility and foot trimming, FarmSkills offer a range of sheep related workshop to improve your business and profitability. new sheep banner

Practical Lambing

Trainees will learn about the importance of preparation for lambing time, including discussion of pros and cons of housing for lambing, nutrition, body condition scoring and what equipment is necessary.

  • Adequately prepare themselves and their flock for lambing time.
  • Understand the importance of good nutritional management to a successful lambing season.
  • Understand the importance of prevention of clostridial diseases using vaccination.
  • Understand the normal parturition process
  • Know when it is appropriate to intervene in parturition and when to get veterinary advice.
  • Recognise the common peri-natal problems in sheep and lambs and know the appropriate treatments for each condition.
  • Describe the preventative strategies for each of the common peri-natal conditions.
  • Describe the common causes of ovine abortion.
  • Describe the methods for investigating and reducing the incidence of abortion.

 Understanding and Treating Liver Fluke in Cattle and Sheet

The aim of the unit is to support learners to identify targeted treatments for liverfluke in sheep and cattle to improve health and welfare, reduce potential resistance to treatments and potentially increase profitability within a linked supply chain

  • Understand the life cycle of liverfluke and the consequences of herd/flock infection.
  • State the functions of the liver.
  • Give the symptoms and effects of liverfluke.
  • State the lifecycle of liverfluke
    • Identify the conditions in which liverfluke can occur.
    • Understand potential treatment options for all stages of the liverfluke parasite.
      • Give examples of potential treatments that can be used to treat the three stages of liverfluke.
      • Be able to administer treatment for liverfluke.
      • Select and calibrate equipment to administer treatment for liverfluke.
      • Select the heaviest animal to establish optimum dosing level.
      • Handle stock into a pen.
      • Use the correct process to administer a dose of liverfluke treatment
        • Carry out procedures with due regard to health and safety of self and others.2

 Safe and Effective use of Veterinary Medicines

The workshop aims to increase trainees’ knowledge of safety and good practice as well as outlining the legislative requirements for on farm medicines use. The course also aims to increase trainees’ understanding about the different types of medicines used and how these relate to the common diseases relevant to their farms.

  • Safely administer veterinary medicines to animals under their care
  • Store and maintain medicines on farm in accordance with legislation and farm assurance requirements.
  • Record on farm medicine usage in accordance with legislation and farm assurance requirements.
  • Describe the difference between vaccines and treatments and the different legislative classes
  • Describe basic differences that exist between different classes of antibiotic and the need for veterinary guidance for their use
  • Describe the basic classes of anthelmintics and the need for veterinary or SQP guidance on their use
  • Understand the actions of an NSAID and when they should be used.
  • Understand the responsibility of those administrating medicines to farm animals

Sheep Parasite Control

Trainees will learn the common external parasites of sheep, their life-cycles, clinical signs, methods of identification, treatment and prevention.  The workshop also looks at the epidemiology of the common internal parasitic diseases of sheep their treatment and control methods for each and the importance of avoiding the spread of anthelmintic resistance.

  • Learn and describe the common external parasites of sheep; their life-cycles, clinical signs, methods of identification, treatment and prevention (Sheep scab, Lice, Keds, Blowfly, Headfly).
  • Describe the other common skin disorders of sheep, their treatment and prevention including mycotic dermatitis, orf and staphylococcal dermatitis, their treatment and prevention.
  • Learn and describe the epidemiology of the common internal parasitic diseases of sheep (coccidiosis, parasitic gastro-enteritis, fluke, tapeworms); their treatment and control methods
  • Understand the importance of avoiding anthelmintic resistance and best practice for use of anthelmintics, (including “SCOPS” protocols).

Lameness in Sheep

The workshop covers the most common causes of lameness in sheep, their identification, treatment and prevention.NorthVet lambing 6

  • Describe normal ovine locomotion
  • Recognise lameness
  • List the key features of ovine foot anatomy
  • Relate these to key aspects of physiology
  • Understand the theory of foot trimming
  • Safely restrain a sheep for examination and trimming of feet.
  • Apply the theoretical knowledge of foot trimming practically
  • Recognise the causes of foot lameness in sheep (Foot rot, Ovine Digital Dermatitis, Strawberry Foot rot)
  • Describe the aetiology of foot lameness in sheep
  • Describe the appropriate trimming techniques and other treatments for the common causes of foot lameness in sheep
  • Describe the preventative methods for reducing lameness incidence in sheep
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