The Mitchell family, who run the Borders Monitor Farm in Denholm, are turning their attention to how they can safeguard their flock from some of the main infectious diseases that can affect sheep productivity.
At the next monitor farm meeting, the family will look at some of the factors limiting flock performance on their farm.
At the meeting, the Mitchells will give an update on what has been happening on their farm since their last meeting in November.
They will be joined by Lynn Gibson from SAC Vet services at St Boswells, who will talk about the infectious “iceberg diseases” which could be affecting flocks without farmers realising.
The main “iceberg diseases” in UK sheep are Maedi Visna, Johne’s disease, Jaagsiekte (OPA), Caseous Lympadenitis (CLA) and border disease. They are called “iceberg diseases” because there are very few diagnosed cases (tip of the iceberg) but in fact there are far more infected animals than farmers and vets recognise.
The meeting will highlight the control programmes that are available for each of the “iceberg diseases” and help farmers develop effective control plans for their own farms.
Another topic for discussion at the meeting will be the implementation of recommendations from an environmental audit. Facilitator Stephen Young will share the results of Whitrigg’s environmental audit at the next meeting and then lead a discussion with the group to see how its recommendations can fit in with the Mitchells’ current farming practices, which include recently having felled and sold an area of woodland.
For catering purposes, those interested in coming along on 10 January should confirm attendance with facilitator Stephen Young - contact details are below
Call Stephen Young on 07502 339613 or email email@example.com