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Farm Animal Practice
A ‘whole flock’ approach to disease control
  1. Jim Hindson

    Jim Hindson has recently retired as a senior partner in a seven-man practice in Devon. His special interests are parturition and sheep health and production, in which fields he has published widely.

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  2. Agnes Winter

    Agnes Winter is a lecturer in sheep medicine at Liverpool. She is a pastpresident of the Sheep Veterinary Society and a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council. She holds the RCVS diploma in sheep health and production. In 1995, she received the George Hedley Award for outstanding services to the sheep industry.

Abstract

MOST contacts veterinary surgeons have with sheep flocks have traditionally been for emergency work associated with lambing time, accounting for about 90 per cent of visits. Any extension to this type of work is often in response to a particular disease episode in an individual or group of sheep, which is usually regarded by the farmer as an isolated event, rather than as having implications for other age groups or for the flock as a whole. However, restricting veterinary input to the individual or affected group is an often inadequate approach to strategic disease control. Veterinarians should instead be seeking to provide a year-round flock health programme.

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