Sheep Vacination Needle

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
my preferred choice ..
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Longlowdog

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Aberdeenshire
and given a sterilising annually in 'the workshop mug' filled with almost boiling (well pretty hot) water.
Alternatively Luer Lock 18g half inch stainless steel. I'll never use a plastic bodied needle again after having a needle break out of a plastic housing into a shearling tup never to be found and resulting in the animal being put down to prevent entry in to the food chain.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
sterimatic is fab (y).......can't imagine vacc'ing lots of sheep without it:oops:

I find the Sterimatic bloody awful to use. I can’t imagine forcing myself to vacc more than two sheep with it, before I was reminded why it landed in the back of the cupboard last time, when I went back to doing it ‘properly’. ;)

18G 1/2” luer lock needles here too @GAM
 

Longlowdog

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Location
Aberdeenshire
Nope but I'm very particular about holding ewes or lambs firmly and lifting the skin after parting the fleece to jag underneath. Most sheep jagged get a bubble under the skin. I back off if it isn't right and try again.
I often wonder if the out of the blue big lamb deaths are not in some way related poor technique or hurried injections. When I watch others vaccinating as fast as they can walk down a race I don't believe every sheep is done just under the skin or sometimes even in the skin.
Also, having bought quite an expensive doser I try to look after it. I wash it out and store in a dark container away from sunlight and frost.
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
That's why I never got on with sterimatic, as I like to know exactly where the needle is , variations in condition of sheep and skin thickness even, it has to go through the skin and no further, else it either wont work or spoil the carcase or both , I change needles often as well.

Must confess to breaking 2 of those phillips repeaters tho :eek:

Will be nice and dry for the job atm mind......
 

Longlowdog

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Location
Aberdeenshire
We've just had some much needed rain but up here it has been sheep handling weather for months. My farmer's tan is already established.
Being just a small pedigree sheep producer I change needles every dozen or so sheep but I can't say I've ever found a neck abscess when giving the second Hep' or when shearing while my friends often get them on their stock done in worse conditions and being Aberdeenshire after all a needle has to do a fair amount of work to justify the horrendous cost per unit.
 

primmiemoo

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Location
Devon
I've been somewhat out of action re giving jabs to the sheep, although I have been able to do the cattle. Neck abscess in the ewes noticed at lambing :( .

Observed at the time of jabbing the operator absentmindedly touched the tip of the vaccinator gun each time the needle was changed, and pointed it out. [Translated]: "You must be mistaken!" was the reply.

Grrr!
 

Mc115reed

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I find the Sterimatic bloody awful to use. I can’t imagine forcing myself to vacc more than two sheep with it, before I was reminded why it landed in the back of the cupboard last time, when I went back to doing it ‘properly’. ;)

18G 1/2” luer lock needles here too @GAM

Glad I’m not the only one but my mrs insists that I use it ??‍♂️ nothing worse than jabbing for 10 minutes then realising the needle is bent inside the cap and wondering has that just happened or did it happen on the first sheep? No feel too them or anything
 

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.



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