Immunise your sheep flock in order to prevent disease
Pasteurella pneumonia and Clostridial diseases are a constant threat to sheep. Especially when the immune system of an animal is run down.
Changes in weather can cause animals to become stressed due to reduced intake levels and reduced energy intake.
If the immune system is not functioning properly this gives bacteria and parasites etc an opportunity to develop within an animal.
Certain soil types contain the clostridial bacteria which cause conditions such as blackleg or pulpy kidney. These diseases are almost always fatal and, for this reason, preventing them or vaccinating against them is on the agenda.
The ewes were vaccinated before lambing and some level of antibodies would have been passed via the ewe's colostrum to the lambs. All breeding stock on the farm is vaccinated.
The ewe lambs and rams that I intend to sell will be vaccinated twice.
This provides the sheep with protection on the farm but also the farmer who purchases the sheep.
This week I sold some ewes that lost lambs and some who had mastitis during the spring and couldn't rear lambs. These ewes were in good condition and I am waiting on kill-out results.