Animal Health and Welfare 

By improving the health of the breeding flock and herd farmers can ensure that the breeding stock has optimum longevity, while improving the health of finishing stock could lead to animals being marketed earlier. Both scenarios would lead to a more productive and therefore profitable enterprise while lowering GHG emissions.

Replacing stock can be costly therefore ensuring that breeding animals remain as productive as possible on the farm can have economic and environmental benefits. Ensuring that all rams and bulls on the farm are fit and healthy prior to use will lower the barren rate in both the sheep flock and cattle herd.

The use of female stock with enhanced fertility levels and longevity traits will improve production, as will the provision of correct nutrition when rearing breeding females and during breeding season.

Animal health plans are now common place; however the most effective plans are those that are devised by the farmer in conjunction with the farm’s veterinary surgeon/advisor. By getting a vet involved in the process a farmer can ensure access to the latest health issues and technologies as well as gaining valuable advice.

The following publications have been produced by HCC on Animal Health and Welfare:

  • Sheep Health

    This booklet provides advice and information on the main threats to the flock’s health and welfare and hence its performance.

  • Feeding the Ewe for Lifetime Performance

    This guide pulls together the latest information on sheep nutrition and identifies when supplemental strategies and products are most likely to give a return.

  • Are You Winning the War on Worms?

    This booklet provides the latest information to develop effective and sustainable worm control practices that will help reduce production losses and delay the development of wormer resistance.

  • Effective Control of Ectoparasites in Sheep

    This booklet aims to help farmers prevent ectoparasite infection sin their flock whilst maintaining high standards of animal welfare and safeguarding the environment.

  • Controlling Parasites in Cattle – New Guidelines

    This booklet aims to provide information about the common cattle parasites, measures for their control and the strategies available to slow the development of wormer resistance in your herd.

  • Practical Sheep Nutrition

    A guide to feeding rams, ewes and lambs according to the production stage in an economic and efficient way.

  • Practical Beef Nutrition

    A guide to formulating feed rations and planning feed requirements for adult, growing and finishing stock.

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