Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

SHEEP FARMERS: MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY FOR THE #SPRINGRISE

SHEEP FARMERS: MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY FOR THE #SPRINGRISE

Things never stay the same for long in farming. With each changing season bringing a different set of challenges and opportunities, you can never be sure that what worked last month, last season or last year will work the next. That’s why it’s vital for farmers to stay up-to-date with all the latest developments in this exciting industry. As the first shoots of spring appear and temperatures slowly start to rise, it’s not just the daffodils that are making a return.

THE SPRING RISE IS AN EXTREME RISK TO SHEEP FARMER’S LIVELIHOODS

Each year, the spring rise can have  a hugely damaging effect on the profitability of the British sheep industry. As Mother Nature awakes from her winter slumber, the worms in our ewes awaken  too. Ewes experience a period of weeks where their immune systems decline due to being in lamb and feeding their offspring. Therefore the worms are able to multiply in the  sheep, significantly increasing the challenge on pasture.  Stomach worms alone reduce lamb growth rates and can decrease  wool production costing the British sheep industry £84 million every year1.

TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT OF STAYING SAFE

The greatest information resource for farmers is, and always has been, data from your and other farms. For dealing with parasites, information sharing within the community is the best way for farmers to learn new practices for adapting to the threats posed during the spring rise.  

That’s why at 3pm on 21st February, we’re hosting an hour-long Twitter chat – an online discussion in real-time that offers the chance for sheep industry figures to share practices for coping with 2019’s spring rise.  

So if you want to know how best to protect your sheep, your business and your margins against parasites this spring, be sure to join the discussion. Taking part is easy, just get on Twitter at 3pm on 21st February and search either #ParasiteWatch or #SpringRise to see what others are talking about. 

Whether you’re attending to learn new ideas, share your own experiences with others or just coming to see what all the fuss is about, this is definitely not one to miss.