Sheep Handling and Health for Small Blocks

Level NA Cost $195/day excl

Length One day

Course Starting Various start dates throughout the year

Taratahi's, Sheep Handling and Health for Small Blocks one-day rural skills workshop is ideal for those small block holders who want to gain or refresh their sheep handling skills and assist in identifying and dealing with health problems in their flock.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The health and safety risks when handling sheep.
  • The Codes of Welfare requirements for Sheep and Beef, Painful Procedures, and Transporting.
  • Using the 3P’s when handling sheep (Position, Pressure and Patience).
  • Practice sheep handling in these situations:
    • Moving between paddocks
    • Moving through yards
    • Catching and restraining an individual sheep
    • Drafting and weighing
  • Using ASD forms when buying and selling stock.
  • Signs of poor health that alert to the need for monitoring and/or action.
  • Flystrike and footrot identification, contributing factors, prevention, and treatment.
  • Facial eczema identification, contributing factors, prevention and treatment, when regionally applicable.
  • Why and when sheep of different ages are drenched.
  • Drench families, choosing a suitable drench, estimating stock weights to determine dose rates, reducing the risk of resistance through equipment calibration and drench selection.
  • Drenching techniques and practice.
  • Why and when sheep are injected.
  • Injecting techniques and practice.
  • Withholding periods and record keeping when using animal remedies.​

Entry criteria for the workshop : You must be 16 years of age or older.

Teas and coffees provided, please bring your own lunch.

This rural skills workshop is available in all of Taratahi's regions.  If you would like to know the date of the next workshop at a region near you, then please get in touch with us either by emailing info@taratahi.ac.nz or on 0800 827 2824 and speak to a member of our enquiries team.