LAMBING 2024 – UPDATE
NEW VET ATTESTATION RULES
VET ATTESTATION: Members with sheep should be aware that from 13th December 2023 there is a new requirement for all farmers sending animals directly from their farm to slaughter. You must provide evidence of regular animal health visits by your vet, who will issue a Vet Attestation that your animals are healthy and disease free. This applies even if you are taking your own butchered lambs back home to sell. For further information click here.
BLUETONGUE: Members may be aware that there are currently several cases of Bluetongue in Kent and in Norfolk. The disease is carried by midges which have carried it here from Europe. However, Bluetongue is currently NOT thought to be circulating in the UK - but to learn more visit the DEFRA website by clicking here.
The Cotswold sheep, often referred to as the 'Cotswold Lion' was introduced to the UK by the Romans. Their wool known as the 'Golden Fleece' was an important export. It not only played a major role in the development of many Cotswold towns and villages, but also in the finances of the nation. Sadly times have changed, and they are now classified as a rare breed.