Your guide to profitable sheep production
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Lamb Selection
Producers should avoid chasing lamb weights and instead focus on meeting market specifications to improve margins and the sustainability of the sheep industry. Our guide to assessing lambs so they hit market specifications shows heavier weights don't always mean more money in your pocket. Key areas to focus on are the leg, loin and shoulder.

Handling sheep regularly, weighing them and following them through as carcasses is vital to understanding when a lamb is ready for slaughter. In our video guide, Richard Whittington, explains why it's not all about weight and how to assess a lamb for
market spec.
Regulation
The most common reasons for non-compliance at a farm inspection can often be the simplest things to rectify, so a little preparation can pay dividends. Read our guide to preparing for a farm inspection and ensure that you ease your way through Cross Compliance and Farm Assurance.

For many sheep farmers, EID could be perceived as just another bit of legislation to comply with but data capture can improve efficiency, health management and breeding lines. Our guide to EID explores how four sheep farmers have used the technology in their business.
Ewe & Lamb
Cutting lamb mortality by as little as 1% can help sheep producers significantly boost the financial performance of their business. Our 'how to guide' to cutting costly lamb losses looks at everything from nutrition and colostrum to forage analysis.

Selecting a well-balanced colostrum supplement can be the difference between slim and healthy profit margins. Here we look at supplement options. Bedding is also essential to reducing disease risk. With straw prices high, our guide to alternative bedding takes you through the options available on the market.
Health
Maintaining flock health can be a daunting challenge, but getting your paperwork in order and working out a health plan is well spent management time. Our Stamp out lameness campaign provides expert advice on foot rot and sheep welfare. Vaccines are an essential part of disease control but as our guide shows they need to be managed and applied correctly to be effective.

A range of health problems affect sheep flocks and the following guides provide you with best practice advice on Orf control, sheep scab, worms, schmallenberg, Johnes disease, mastitis, clostridal disease in ewes and clostridal disease in lambs.
Handling
Handling sheep can be a frustrating business, but by ensuring systems are setup correctly stockmen can significantly reduce labour time and sheep stress. Our guide to sheep handling will help you set up your systems to best exploit normal sheep behaviour, including following, flocking and the predator/prey relationship.
Breeding
When it comes to breeding looks aren't everything, but how can you guarantee a wise investment at auction? Our guide on selecting ram lambs looks at the benefits of EBVs and other critical factors.

To ensure rams have a successful breeding season, its essential get them in for an MOT 10 weeks prior to tupping. Our video guide to ram MOTs shows what to look for.

Advanced and planned breeding techniques can ensure you are producing lambs in time for premium prices. Techniques from artificial insemination and synchronising oestrus to vasectomised rams are discussed in our guide to breeding ewes.
Feed
There are a variety of ways to ensure your flock is getting the nutrition it needs. Good pasture management can help you use grass more efficiently and alternative forage crops, such as lucerne and rye can be valuable insurance for those concerned about availability of grass.

Check out the latest on tackling mineral deficiency problems. Trial results have shown supplements may have adverse effects on sheep health and fertility creating an unnecessary cost for sheep producers.

Our guide to feeding pregnant ewes shows how high quality protein intake during late pregnancy can bring down lamb mortality rates.
Housing
While stock are typically only housed for a short period over lambing, it's still important to get the fundamentals right. Our interactive guide to housing looks at the eight key factors that should be considered, including lighting, ventilation, pen design and water supply.