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Clip your lambs at the final hour

Dec 22 2014

With more wet and wintery weather to come, farmers are urged to ensure that their lambs are clipped and clean when they are sent to an abattoir.

This is the advice provided by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) as the weather is forecasted to remain changeable in coming weeks.

Dirty lambs presented to an abattoir face the possibility of being kept until the following day for slaughter. In serious cases, they can be deemed unfit for human consumption and may be condemned.

“If lambs are clipped and then returned to a field before being transported to an abattoir, it is naturally unavoidable at this time of year for them to be covered in dirt again. This is especially true for lambs finished on roots,” said Luned Evans, HCC’s Industry Development Officer.

“It is always worth remembering that a clipping service is offered at all major abattoirs which is very helpful and handy for farmers struggling with facilities or time.”

Dirty lambs have a detrimental effect on abattoir operations and result in added costs to the industry.

All farmers are reminded that lambs should be free of dags. The dock area must be clipped and three strokes up the belly are necessary in order to comply with abattoir requirements.

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