Why should I record lameness?

Keeping good records makes it easier to:

  • Set lameness targets and measure progress.
  • Create health plans.
  • Review the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Make decisions about culling and breeding.

Research shows that farmers who rely on their memory have higher levels of lameness than farmers who keep good records. This is often because of the difficulty of knowing which ewes to cull when relying on memory.

Click on the image below to work through our example situation and learn more about how keeping records can be helpful for your flock.

How should I record lameness?

There are many ways to keep track of your lame sheep:

All of these methods should be used alongside marking the affected leg of lame sheep with long-lasting spray marks.

Watch the video below to see how other sheep farmers record lameness and why they find it helpful.

What to do next:

See more information on recording

Take the quiz on recording

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