Blackleg, pulpy kidney (enterotoxaemia), black disease, tetanus, and malignant oedema are common causes of death in unvaccinated sheep and cattle. Other animals, particularly goats, are also susceptible.
A key component of current best practice for the management of resistance in sheep is the use of multiple actives administered at the same time, or combination drenches. Now resistance is also looming as a real threat for cattle farmers.
Sheep body lice (Bovicola ovis) are biting insects that cause affected animals to become itchy. Lice are a common problem, but most importantly are controllable, eradicable and preventable.
Orphan lambs may arise after the death of the ewe or due to abandonment or rejection, especially by first time or maiden ewes and those with multiple lambs. Raising orphan or poddy lambs by hand is a lot of hard work, but the results are well worth it.
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