Basic Sheep Biology

Ha r a c ter istic s to r a ise their la mbs suc c

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Unformatted text preview: uc tion a nd ha ve the beha vior a l c ha r a c ter istic s to r a ise their la mbs suc c essfully to wea ning). Some br eeder s a lso c onc entr a te on wool qua lity (finer fleec e) or c a r c a ss qua lity. E . H e al t h an d D i se ase Some of the mor e c ommon a ilments of sheep inc lude: exter na l pa r a sites - keds (wingless, bloodsuc king flies), lic e, wool ma ggots; inter na l pa r a sites - stoma c h a nd intestina l wor ms; infec tious disea ses - bluetongue (vir a l, c a n kill but usua lly just debilita ting), vibr iosis (a ba c ter ia l disea se whic h c a uses a bor tion), foot r ot (ba c ter ia l disea se tha t c a n be fa ta l); digestive disea ses - bloa t (c omes fr om gr a z ing on wet, lush pa stur e), over - ea ting disea se (ea ting a high ener gy diet, c a n be va c c ina ted a ga inst) F . S o c i a l / An i ma l Ag r i c u l t u r e To pi c s The sheep industr y fa c es a va r iety of pr oblems, r a nging fr om dec lining c onsumption of la mb, to the c ontr ol of pr eda tor s. Ur ba n/subur ba n c itiz ens question the c ur r ent pr a c tic es of pr eda tor c ontr ol used by shepher ds (poisons, guns a nd tr a ps for c oyote c ontr ol), the ha bita t destr uc tion br ought on by over - gr a z ing, pa r tic ula r ly on public la nd a nd the enc r oa c hment of subur ba n c ommunities a nd r a nc hettes into r ur a l, sheep- ba sed ec onomies. a nima lsc ie nc e 2.uc da vis.e du/a ns1/ha ndouts/she e p.html 2/2...
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