Keeping good records makes it easier to:
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.
There are many ways to keep track of your lame sheep:
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:
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