Sheep (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB5162)

Milk Sheep: Management

  1. Milk sheep flocks are in many cases subjected to a more intensive system of husbandry than a conventional flock and will require especially vigilant stockmanship to ensure that their health and welfare are maintained.
  2. Shepherds should be aware of specific problems relevant to milk sheep and the ways in which these may be avoided.
  3. Some breeds of milk sheep appear to be especially susceptible to foot problems and these can be exacerbated by the husbandry methods under which the sheep are kept. The roadway, entrances and exits to buildings and fields should be well-maintained and kept as clean as possible.
  4. Routine treatments to prevent foot problems should be adopted but care should be taken in the observance of withdrawal periods for any medicines used, particularly during lactation. Efforts to combat footrot during the drying off period are particularly important.
  5. Milk sheep are naturally prolific and require particular attention to the level of nutrition provided during pregnancy and lactation.
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