HOW TO: Have Healthy Sheep

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

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Animals with adequate nourishment have a stronger immune system than those with inadequate nutrition, but well-fed animals nevertheless require good health care to thrive, grow, and develop. It's critical to have a year-round deworming and vaccination program in place for your rams, ewes, and lambs. To avoid contamination, clean all waterers, feed bunks, and salt containers on a regular basis. Provide clean, appropriate bedding in sheds, barns, and windbreak areas to reduce the risk of infections and diseases in your animals. Provide proper ventilation and avoid overcrowding while putting your animals in barns.


Animals in good health are bright, attentive, and have a good appetite, as well as solid pelleted manure. Know the signs of sick animals and isolate them in a sick pen, treating them for the sickness and not releasing them back into the main flock until they are fully healed. Knowing how to conduct a thorough physical examination will enable you to make a diagnosis or educate your veterinarian about the condition so that he or she can advise you on the best course of action.




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