Weather challenges: The last seven to 10 days have been very challenging for flocks that have started lambing and for ewes out-wintered in late pregnancy. The forecast remains poor for at least the coming days. For those lambing, it is important that hygiene continues to remain priority. Straw availability is much better this spring and skimping on volumes applied is a false economy.

Where there is pressure on labour and space and it is hard to get penning cleaned, applying lime followed by a deep bed of straw will help to reduce the risk of disease establishing until a break can be gotten to clean and reset.