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Farm Animal Practice
Problems of extensive sheep farming systems
  1. Agnes Winter

    Agnes Winter qualified from Liverpool in 1965. After spending two years as house surgeon at the University Field Station, Leahurst, she worked in mixed practice in North Wales and developed a particular interest in sheep. In 1986, she returned to Liverpool to carry out research into cow colostruminduced anaemia in lambs and kids, gaining her PhD as a result of this work. She holds the diploma in sheep health and production and is a past-president of the Sheep Veterinary Society. She was appointed a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council in 1991.


OF all the common farmed species in the UK, sheep are probably perceived by the non-farming public as being the most 'naturally' kept, particularly when farmed extensively on vast areas such as the Pennines, the moors of Devon and Cornwall, the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and the mountains of Wales. Hardy breeds such as the Herdwick, Swaledale, Welsh Mountain and Scottish Blackface have been developed over centuries to survive the harsh conditions commonly encountered during the long winter months. However, such a system of farming has many risks associated with it, in spite of its generally perceived 'green' image.

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