This is a post I meant to post last week as I treated the ewes last Sunday for fly strike.
I decided with the hot sticky weather that was forecast to treat the ewes for a fly strike preventative, I'd already done the lambs a few weeks previous, but the ewes didn't have enough wool at the time so they had to wait until their coats came back a little bit. So instead of going back inside when I came back from work on Sunday (at 6.30) I went and got the sheep in straight away, sometimes if I stop I find it hard to get going again - so best not to stop!
|The treatment is stained blue so I know where I've done - it only stays like this for a day.|
It didn't take long to do once I got set up. When doing anything like this it's best to push the sheep up into a smaller pen so they can't run away as much. I donned my waterproof trousers (which made the job very warm to say the least) and sprayed the ewes down the back and across the bum.
The treatment is meant to keep the flies away for 6-8 weeks, and although I'll still be checking for it, it's one less thing to worry about when it's hot and humid, which it certainly was last week!
Doing this job is much easier and safer than the old sheep dips that we used to use, no animal wanted to go in it so you ended up chucking every one in and get covered yourself! Luckily I was only young at the time when we used to do that so I used to be stationed well back from the dip!
Who else can remember dipping sheep and is there anyone that still does it?