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The Basics of Good Sheep Management for the 12 months of sheep production is a 2 hour video covering such topics as:
* Sheep selection
* Breeds of sheep
* Understanding sheep nutrition
* Sheep / ewe breeding management including flushing and condition scoring.
* Nutritional requirements of a sheep flock
* Lambing time
* Veterinary requirements and procedures in a sheep flock
* Successful lamb management / creep feeding / veterinary needs
* Evaluating carcass quality and grading

And much more, in total: The 12 months of sheep management in a traditional sheep flock

Summary of our Sheep Management Video

Some of the information that we cover in the program cover such topics as selecting the breed most suited for your conditions. We discuss the suitability of certain breeds and then we look at conformation, how to recognize the age of the ewe and general selection topics.

This 2 hour video, on raising sheep, “The Basics of Good Sheep Management” begins in the fall of the year, the time of the year when ewe flocks change hands and most sheep flocks are being prepared for breeding. As for ewe selection, we look at aging a sheep, conformation, breed selection and questions you need to ask and answers you need to learn.

As it’s the fall of the year, the video then discusses both traditional breeding and accelerated breeding programs, the latter for out of season lambing. It discusses condition scoring to determine the right body condition for the average ewe and how to prepare your ewe to reach the right body condition. In a successful sheep operation, the importance of lambing percentage, in other words, the amount of lambs raised from your sheep flock, can be a major contributor in determining the profitability of any sheep operation.

The video then looks at the sheep’s breeding cycle, managing your ram power, and using markers to determine the fertility of both your rams and your ewes. This video, The Basics of Good Sheep Management, then proceeds into the winter months and discusses the nutritional requirements of any sheep flock during its gestation period and the necessary veterinary procedures that are required throughout this gestation period, plus the needs for salt and minerals suited to your area and then the months leading up to lambing time. It looks at how one needs to improve and increase the nutritional levels of your sheep flock as lambing time approaches. This is a time when condition scoring becomes very important and should encourage the shepherd to sort off any ewes that require extra feeding to improve their body condition. A condition score of at least 3 is a good place to start for breeding time.

There are many different aspects of the year of raising sheep, from the more quiet gestation period through to the busy lambing time. Our sheep management video then moves into this busy period of lambing time with your sheep flock. There are many considerations and procedures to prepare any flock for lambing time. Vaccinations, de-worming, housing, etc..

This video gives a thorough understanding of lambing and how to manage your sheep flock throughout this period. The next stage, the post lambing period looks at creep feeding and veterinary requirements and other necessary management practices, as the lambs begin to grow and mature.

In any flock of sheep, the shepherd has to continually consider any upcoming problems such as scours, coccidiosis, foot rot, internal and external parasites, and numerous other considerations. It would be impossible for us to cover every ailment in this 2 hour Sheep Management video but we have undertaken to cover as many of these problems as is realistically possible and allow you a full understanding of the year round management procedures required in running a successful sheep operation.

The success of any sheep operation relies on the continued health of the young lambs as they move toward market weight.

Parasite management, creep feeding, and important vaccination programs, etc., follow the ewe flock through the summer months, up to the time when the lambs reach the required market weight. Also in this video, we follow a group of lambs from the weigh scale, on the farm, through to the abattoir to help identify and understand carcass quality and condition scoring. It is very important to ensure that our finished product arrives on the customer’s plate in its highest quality.

Some of the other topics that are talked about in our Sheep Management video are subjects such as designing a handling system, utilizing an accurate weigh scale, and helping the viewer understand the variety of veterinary procedures required throughout the year. There are many topics mentioned throughout the video and just too many to mention in this summary about our video, The Basics of Good Sheep Management.

(Information on raising sheep)

Want to read more? Check these out!

  • Understanding Sheep Nutrition In our video The Basics of Good Sheep Management, we discuss the needs of a ewe and their lambs throughout the 12 months of the...
  • Flushing and Condition Scoring your Sheep Flock One of the early and important demonstrations in our sheep management video, The Basics of Good Sheep Management, is a demonstration on condition scoring individual...
  • Lambing time in your Sheep flock Lambing time can be an exciting and rewarding part of the shepherds year. Unfortunately, when things go wrong, it can be a frustrating and disappointing...
  • Sheep Selection As covered in our sheep management video, The Basics of Good Sheep Management, in selecting your new flock you should take into consideration the type...
  • Successful Lamb Management in a Sheep Operation Once your lambs hit the ground, and begin through the weeks of their new lives, there are many critical management procedures that should be followed...
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