The weather is playing hard on animals and herd health this week and farmers need to manage the situation as it happens. Heavy rainfall, followed by high winds mixed in with warm and cool temperatures makes herding stock at this time of the year very important.

In this Focus, we look at the return of sheep dipping and the benefits it brings. For the last number of years it has been replaced by other methods but the return of an annual dip seems best practice for a lot of flocks given what has happened since dipping faded out. Some early lambing flocks will be trying to get a dip in now before rams are released rather than upsetting the flock when the rams join up with the ewes.