An extensive survey of the sheep sector has indicated that antibiotic use in sheep is mainly to treat watery mouth and joint ill in lambs, and enzootic abortion and lameness in adults, according to the National Sheep Association. Farmers Weekly features two case studies where sheep farmers Peter Baber and David Raine have significantly cut antibiotic use through a raft of measures.
A new case study in Farmers Weekly describes how switching from straw to woodshavings in individual lambing pens has helped one North East sheep farmer see fewer types of E coli infection, such as watery mouth and scours
Watery Mouth is a common disease in lambs, especially when lambing indoors in sheds. Very young lambs do not yet have working ‘acid’ stomachs so any E coli bacteria they swallow rapidly multiply and get into their circulation. The bacteria release toxins, which can eventually lead to death of the lamb. Read more >