Maximising health helps maximise flock productivity and is therefore a key aspect of sustainable and profitable sheep production. Tackling health issues not only involves costs in terms of treatment, but also costs in terms of loss of production. Good health is also important in helping meet industry and consumer expectations of high welfare and food safety.
Good management, nutrition and husbandry form the basis of disease prevention. Health planning is an important tool not only in helping manage and minimise the impacts of know health issues within the flock, but also to help prevent and avoid health issues that currently aren’t affecting the flock. The feature on the right hand side highlights how one Dumfriesshire farmer's business has benefited from developing a health plan.
Understanding how disease works can also be useful to farmers in developing strategies to control and manage it; QMS holds free workshops and events throughout the year for farmers on a range of animal health issues. Visit the events page for further information of forthcoming events in your area.
If you require more information regarding a specific sheep disease, please visit the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS)
You can find out more information about sheep lameness here
You can find out more about sustainable worm control in sheep here