By William J. A. Payne, R. Trevor Wilson
The 5th version of this booklet has been thoroughly revised and taken up to date, with a brand new co-author. it's nonetheless the main authoritative and entire booklet at the improvement and creation of family farm animals within the tropics.
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In particular we would like to thank Judith Charnley, Dianna Bowles, Alex Crossley, Peter Blythe, John Parry, Laura Mason, Nigel Jones and Rob Pearson. Agnes Winter, Clare Phythian May 2010 1 Keeping Your Flock Secure To some people the title of this first chapter might suggest that it is just concerned with fencing, keeping your sheep in and other people’s out. Of course this is an important part of managing flocks that are kept on enclosed land, but flock security has a much wider meaning, encompassing all the precautions that should be taken to minimize the introduction of costly infectious diseases.
These are quite common and cause lameness, as they get infected and cause pain. Animals that develop these should preferably not be used for breeding replacements as there may be a genetic predisposition. However, as the growths only develop as animals get older they may be difficult to avoid in practice. The Reproductive Organs of Rams However good a ram may be as regards his appearance, breeding, EBV if available, teeth, legs and feet, if he is infertile or subfertile it is a complete waste of money buying or keeping him.
85 These feet do need careful trimming. The abnormally long claws may crack, and if the crack is in sensitive tissue the sheep will become lame. Fig. 86 Trimming should never cause bleeding. This is unnecessary, painful, and may result in the development of a toe granuloma. Fig. 87 A foot from a slaughterhouse, showing how easy it is to cause damage by cutting too deeply. The cut at the toe has exposed the sensitive tissue under the horn; in the live animal this would bleed profusely and a toe granuloma would probably develop at the site.
An Introduction to Animal Husbandry in the Tropics by William J. A. Payne, R. Trevor Wilson