Animal Husbandry

Beekeeping by John Edward Eckert; Frank Robert Shaw; Everett Franklin

By John Edward Eckert; Frank Robert Shaw; Everett Franklin Phillips

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69 This animal is clean around its rear end and is obviously not scouring. Fig. 70 This sheep has a lot of faecal material (dags) at its back end, and needs cleaning up. In warm weather fly strike is very likely. Fig. 71 A shearing machine being used to ‘crutch’ the sheep so that it is less likely to become soiled. Fig. 72 A victim of fly strike. The wool has been clipped off the rump and the extent of the affected area can be clearly seen. Fig. 73 Most sheep are shorn by contractors. Shearing This is a skilled procedure, often carried out by contractors these days.

Fig. 2 Closed purebred flocks should be able to achieve high health status, but beware of the risks in bringing in new rams. Fig. 3 Double fencing makes sure that a closed flock cannot contact neighbouring animals, and keeps stray sheep out. Fig. 4 Mule ewes with their lambs. This type of ewe is bought in from flocks that breed them by crossing hill ewes with Bluefaced Leicester rams. Fig. 5 A hill flock grazing on fenced land, but do the sheep have contact with others on the mountain beyond? Fig.

Fig. 71 A shearing machine being used to ‘crutch’ the sheep so that it is less likely to become soiled. Fig. 72 A victim of fly strike. The wool has been clipped off the rump and the extent of the affected area can be clearly seen. Fig. 73 Most sheep are shorn by contractors. Shearing This is a skilled procedure, often carried out by contractors these days. uk. Turning Over Apart from at shearing time, the main reason for turning sheep over is to examine the feet. Most shearers are very skilled at turning even the heaviest sheep, but for less experienced people turning can pose problems, and there is certainly a knack to it.

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