Electronic Tagging For Sheep

On 31st December 2009 the new electronic tagging rules for sheep came into force. This means that; Sheep must now be electronically tagged when being identified for the first time. If sheep are to be slaughtered wintin 12 months of age then the sheep can have a single non electronic tag. Record keeping of individual … Read more Electronic Tagging For Sheep

What Is Bluetongue?

In September bluetongue was detected in British livestock but what is blue tongue? “Bluetongue is a disease of animals affecting all ruminants, including sheep, cattle, deer, goats and camelids (camels, llamas, alpacas, guanaco and vicuña). It does not affect horses. Although sheep are most severely affected, cattle are the main mammalian reservoir of the virus…… … Read more What Is Bluetongue?

What Frightens Farm Animals?

Farm animals can sometimes get frightened but what is it that frightens them? Sudden movement. Sudden noise. Unfamiliar people. Loud noises. Approaching animals from behind. Lack of routine. Prodding animals. Bumping or shoving animals. Lack of space. Excitable human behaviour. Farm animals need to be managed and handled with care at all times. Animal ManagementAnimal Management