ENSURING optimum flock health and performance will be top of the agenda at AgriSearch’s upcoming farm walks. These events will showcase the 4-paddock and 8-paddock rotational grazing systems implemented by the GrassCheck sheep farmers as part of the ‘Lamb from Grass’ project. There will be discussion on the 2018 grazing season, grass management and flock performance to-date on the farms.
Lesley Stubbings, an indep-endent UK sheep consultant, will be on hand to discuss how to best future-proof worm control on your farm and provide guidance on assessing ewe body condition and correct ewe nutrition at tupping time. Both events will also focus on developing a flock health plan for your farm. Pre-tupping ram MOT checks, winter-feeding options and forage budgeting will also be discussed.
The walks will take place on the farms of:
Isaac Crilly, 7 Fort Road, Lislaird, Castlederg, BT81 7UL, on Monday, September 10, at 6.30pm (registration from 6pm)
John Martin, Gordonall Farms,
93 Newtownards Road, Grey-abbey, BT22 2QJ, on Tuesday, September 11, at 5pm (registration from 4.30pm).
In addition to the walks, AgriSearch will be hosting a technical flock health seminar on Tuesday the 11th at 10.30am (registration from 10am) at AFBI, Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 2QH. The seminar will be led by Lesley and will focus on:
q The use of the group 4/5 anthelmintics – what are SCOPS recommendations and why.
q Treatment of ewes around lambing – what has changed and why
q Resistance in sheep scab mites to the endectocides – what does this mean in practice – what do we suggest farmers do?
q Liver fluke control for this autumn winter
q Open session – where attendees are welcome to submit questions or topics prior to the seminar that Lesley will try to cover on the day.
In the interests of biosecurity those attending the walks are asked to wear clean clothing not previously worn while in direct contact with their own animals. Outdoor work boots should not be worn. Protective overalls and footwear will be provided.