Shearers and marking


If you are a shearer or you are looking for one this is the spot for you. This is also the spot if you have some new lambs that need looking after "lamb marking" including catrating and tail docking.

What to consider

When seeking quotes for shearing or lamb marking, or when offering these services yourself, it's essential to consider all possible variables. This includes any travel costs incurred by the shearer and the availability of necessary equipment on-site compared to what the shearer needs to bring (for shearers - how to automatically include distance based travel costs). Assess the availability, quality, and size of pens and the power supply, as these can influence the ease and efficiency of the operation. The size of the flock or mob is another significant factor, as it can determine the time and effort required. Consider whether the charges are per animal, hourly, or daily, and who supplies vaccines or other treatments. It's also important to understand the health status of the flock (including if any ewes are pregnant) as this could affect the work's complexity. Lastly, always ensure that the shearer's experience and skills match the job's requirements. The shearer should be aware of animal welfare standards and adhere to them strictly. Also, consider whether there's a need for additional services such as wool handling or crutching, as these can be included in the quote. Always communicate clearly and transparently to avoid misunderstandings and ensure smooth operations

What is lamb marking?

"Lamb marking" is a term used to refer to a set of procedures performed on young lambs, typically within the first few weeks of life. These procedures often include:

  1. Tagging: This involves placing an identification tag, usually in the ear. The tag may contain information like the lamb's birth date, its mother's identification number, or other relevant data. This helps farmers keep track of each individual animal in their flock.
  2. Tail Docking: Many breeds of sheep have long tails that can become soiled and attract flies, leading to a painful and potentially deadly condition called flystrike. To prevent this, farmers often dock (shorten) the lambs' tails.
  3. Castration: Male lambs not intended for breeding are often castrated. This is done to control the sheep population, prevent aggressive behavior, and improve the quality of the meat.
  4. Vaccination: Lambs may be given vaccinations to protect them from diseases common in sheep.
  5. Worming: If necessary, lambs might be given treatments to protect against internal parasites.

Do you provide lamb marking services or maybe your are looking for lamb marking services? Either way there is a spot for you on The Farmers Lot. 

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