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Recording: In brief

Why should I record lameness?

Keeping good records makes it easier to:

  • Set lameness targets and measure progress
  • Create health plans
  • Review the effectiveness of treatment
  • Make decisions about culling and breeding

Research shows that farmers who rely on their memory have higher levels of lameness than farmers who keep good records. This is often because of the difficulty of knowing which ewes to cull when relying on memory.

Work through our example situation to learn more about how keeping records can be helpful for your flock.

 

This graph shows lameness over time from one sheep farm. The percentage of sheep in the flock that were lame is shown in blue with the target lameness in orange.

lameness over time

How should I record lameness?

There are many ways to keep track of your lame sheep:

  • Use the free University of Warwick App
  • Keep detailed paper notes
  • Use a digital system that links with your EID.

All of these methods should be used alongside marking the affected leg of lame sheep with long-lasting spray marks.

Watch the video to see how other sheep farmers record lameness and why they find it helpful.

 
What to do next:
See more information on recording
Take the quiz on recording
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