Sheep producers will now find it easier to highlight areas where flockproductivity can be improved, thanks to a practical new management tooldeveloped by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, in conjunctionwith ADAS.
Designed to encourage positive dialogue between farmers and vets, the new Flock Performance Indicator helps both parties identify the key flock health issues that are damaging profitability on the farm.
It will also help producers target specific health inputs such as vaccination and treatment regimes more effectively.
Paul Williams, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health’s ruminant veterinary adviser, said: “Many sheep producers are losing income unnecessarily and by pinpointing areas of maximum potential loss for example, by benchmarking total lambs sold per ewe put to the tup, problems can be highlighted and remedial action implemented.”
Provided the farm keeps records, the indicator tool allows vet and producer to assess and benchmark scanning and abortion information, specific lamb loss details, as well as sales and replacement information. Importantly it also incorporates specific investigation notes for the different problem areas that could be causing poor performance.
Vets interested in the new tool to support consultations with sheep producer clients should contact their Intervet/Schering-Plough account manager.