Lameness no longer a problem with foot bath
Now that the silage is cut, the last remaining 'big job' of the summer is to get the sheep shorn. I think that this year I will leave it as late as possible. Normally I would be rushing to get it done earlier but there is no real benefit to pestering the ewes just when their lambs are beginning to thrive.
They are all dagged and the amount of flystrike has been small, so I will chance leaving it until after they are weaned in mid-July.
The lambs are gradually getting fit, albeit a month later than normal. I gave them their second dose and I was pleasantly surprised with how well they were doing and I hope to start drafting soon.
One batch of ewes and lambs got a bad setback with foot scalds. I was able to treat this quickly by foot bathing them with zinc sulphate. I have built a batch foot bath on the farm which works really well.
It is built into the yard in such a way that allows me to dose one batch of sheep, while simultaneously footbathing the previous batch.
They therefore have at least 4-5 minutes in the bath while I am working and then they have a drainage area where they can stand to allow the solution to dry into their feet.
It now means that I can deal with lameness quickly and effectively. I would recommend anyone to use this system.