Profit (!) Per Ewe.

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
1. Enzovax, Toxovax. Don't use either here but, although we have decent scanning percentages we never seem to get the 'dizzy heights' that some report on here, so, just wonder if we have something 'in the background' that could be improved by vaccinating :scratchhead:
Would need to cost it out to see how many more lambs we'd need.
There is a scheme for free blood tests for enzo and toxo you just have to pay vet time to take the blood from a proportion of the flock, we done it years ago and are going to do it again next week
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
1. Enzovax, Toxovax. Don't use either here but, although we have decent scanning percentages we never seem to get the 'dizzy heights' that some report on here, so, just wonder if we have something 'in the background' that could be improved by vaccinating :scratchhead:
Would need to cost it out to see how many more lambs we'd need.

2. Bravoxin. Already using it on the ewes but our lamb losses when we've tried not vaccinating have been mainly pasturella so stuck with ovivac/heptavac. Just wish another manufacturer would come up with something in competition.

I see Enzovac & Toxovax as insurance against an outbreak. Having been through it previously, and seen the effects of storms elsewhere, I have no wish to chance it.

I use Bravoxin on the ewes and have little faith in the 'P' element of the expensive stuff after a couple of outbreaks in vaccinated sheep (identified as a strain not covered :banghead: ). However, I always seem to lose a few lambs with pasteurella around late June, which seems to stop if I jag the lambs with Ovivac P even once. I have bought enough Ovivac to do this year's lambs (before the April 1st price hike) once, but their follow up will Bravoxin to make sure clostridials are covered.

With the increased vacc price, I doubt they'll get Ovivac next year though, as losing a few lambs will cost less!
 

yellowbelly

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
I have bought enough Ovivac to do this year's lambs (before the April 1st price hike) once, but their follow up will Bravoxin to make sure clostridials are covered.
Pretty much the same here, only not so efficient as you at Lowerye Towers.

Availability of Ovivac and Heptavac has been sporadic, to say the least, so the vaccination programme this year is pretty much 'mix and match'.
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Pretty much the same here, only not so efficient as you at Lowerye Towers.

Availability of Ovivac and Heptavac has been sporadic, to say the least, so the vaccination programme this year is pretty much 'mix and match'.
Probably didn’t help I bought 5,000 doses on March 30th 😬🤦🏻‍♂️ Company I cleared out didn’t know there was a price increase happening
 
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Gulli

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
This is going to offend someone in a serious way I’m sure.

See a lot of stuff about cost cutting which I am all in favour of!

However someone the marginal costs that folk obsess over ...... it sort of makes me think their business must be pretty much f*cked. If a 50p a year saving per ewe is the difference between success and failure.

Not going to go into profit 😂 but will tell you that my commercial ewe with the highest gross output last year would have brought in £390. She was a broker. And that didn’t involve killing her. She is still here and set to give something like £260 - £300 this year.
50p might not be the difference between success and failure but if you're making a profit why not make 50p more?
 

Poorbuthappy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
You could say the same of the increased popularity of shedders of course. Folk producing fewer lambs, of lower value, because the wool comes to 50p less than the cost of shearing (temporarily hopefully)?🤔
Now now Mr O.
That's just stirring of the highest degree!🤣
You obviously thought different to that to invest in trying these awful sheep.

Not sure why it need be fewer lambs.
Even need not be lower value (than what?).
And there's a whole lot more cost than the shearing to wool.

Just gotta iron out their other bad points...
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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