Reproductive failure and neonatal lamb disease / mortality have the biggest impact on sheep farmers’ productivity, according to a poll at this week’s SHAWG conference. But thin ewe syndrome and conditions in late pregnancy have the greatest impact on animal welfare, meaning farmers have to prioritise improving different aspects of their flock.
Nigel Miller, chair of the new Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) group – which succeeds the Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) – said the responses will help to identify priority areas for the industry.
A recording of the seminar can be viewed at shawg.org.uk.
* Survey participants can opt for a chance to win a farmhouse hamper worth £50. The survey closes on 10 January 2021 and can be completed at https://ruminanthw.org.uk/index.php/health_welfare_survey/