Pneumonia is the latest test in this endless year of difficulties
Farming in general really throws the punches at you. One minute you are up, the next minute you can be down.
It's the nature of the business I suppose. I managed to eventually get my lambs back on the kill sheet, having spent about €6/hd on meal.
This is a lot, I would argue, in a normal year. However, as we all know, 2012 is not a normal year.
The day after going to the factory I went out to the field only to be welcomed by a dead heifer. It had been a rough night's weather, but then the phone rang from the factory to say that a spot of pneumonia had been detected in my some of my lambs.
Combined with a sudden crunching noise coming from the wheel of my tractor, the relief of selling a few lambs was quickly being obliterated.
I had to react to the pneumonia outbreak by vaccinating my remaining ram lambs with Heptavac P.
The ewe lambs, however, seemed to be quite content in themselves and I decided not to vaccinate them.
But as a precaution I also vaccinated my breeding rams for pneumonia.