The importance of a good quarantine procedure is important from two perspectives – to safeguard your investment and also reduce the risk of introducing costly diseases on to your farm. There are very few farms who can operate a 100% closed flock policy with rams purchased periodically.

The extent of the quarantine protocol will depend on the farm’s current health programme, the information known about the sheep being purchased and the potential risk factors identified. There are a number of common variables that should be considered.