We had a drive around the ewes and lambs yesterday, giving us a good chance to assess the long acting worm treatment's performance. At this stage, six weeks in, all the ewes look fine and in good condition, (considering they are rearing lambs). The result is promising, given that weather conditions have favoured worms with wet and cool conditions. We only saw two lambs with dirty bottoms, the rest are growing well and look vigorous, which suggests the pasture cleaning action is also helping the unprotected lambs. When we wean in early February, we intend to give the weaners the lamb Cydectin LA injection, giving them maximum protection during the stress of weaning. (We have saved a paddock for them which hasn't had the long acting treatment).
We are also keeping the loose mineral lick up to the stock. It is interesting how the sheep's consumption varies greatly from week to week, in response to pasture growth and weather conditions.