Effects of the drought will continue

Everyone is hoping that the coming summer will have a normal, average rainfall – but the effects of the last savage drought will remain with us for several seasons. Animal numbers are down and there are therefore less surplus animals to be sold, with lower incomes for farmers. Breeding cows and ewes have or should have been cut to the minimum, so that recovery of herd & flock numbers without sacrificing quality may take several years.

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Seasonal challenges for sheep health and welfare

Seasonal challenges for sheep health and welfare

Every season and livestock farming activity brings opportunities, but also threats. Some of these are quite predictable and thus farmers can take the right precautions and make preparations to minimise their effects, but other events are not foreseeable with any degree of certainty. Even with these, there should be a plan of action to be implemented when, sooner or later, it is needed. Examples of such events are droughts, excessive rainfall and wildfires.

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