8 months ago

Sheep Matters_Aug-Sept 17 (redesigned)

Sample copy of new publication aimed at the progressive farmer and professional in the UK sheep industry. For further information and to register your interest go to

Zolvix – it’s a

Zolvix – it’s a state of mind ed line Be proactive not reactive against wormer resistance NOW AVAILABLE FROM AGRICULTURAL MERCHANTS AND VETS ZOLVIX 25 mg/ml oral solution for sheep. Active ingredient monepantel. Legal category POM-VPS in the UK. Information regarding the side effects, precautions, warnings and contra-indications can be found in product packaging and leaflet; further information can be found in the Summary of Product Characteristics or by contacting Elanco Animal Health on +44(0)1256 353131 or write to Elanco Animal Health (the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company Limited), Lilly House, Priestley Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9NL. Use medicines responsibly Advice on the use of this or alternative medicine must be sought from the medicine provider. Elanco, Zolvix® and the Diagonal Bar are registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Eli Lilly and Company, its affiliates or subsidiaries. UKSHPZOL00031 ©2018 Eli Lilly and Company. rdp20512. 20512 Zolvix Ad 268x184.indd 1 01/02/2018 10:47 AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2017

Foreword from the Editors Welcome to this first edition of “SHEEP MATTERS” a new subscription based publication for the UK sheep industry. The aim of this publication is to help progressive farmers and professionals in the sheep industry keep aware of, and upto date with new developments in markets, consumer trends, research and technology and to help them consider how to make changes to their businesses to innovate and grow. The sheep industry will face unprecedented challenges over the coming years and will need access to innovation, learning and new skills. We are looking to address these knowledge gaps where they exist. Our aim is to not replicate what others are doing in the sector but to complement it by providing information in a single publication that is digestible, engaging, relevant and timely. We will provide a well balanced range of articles covering markets, prices, trade and performance analysis. Scientific research, technology and technical updates will be provided in an easy to understand format. We will also highlight farm-based best practice as well as produce a regular feature that takes a wider industry view. As Editors we will invite articles from leading industry experts or those at the “farm face” to bring you this information. Our approach is to present our content in a thought provoking and stimulating way. We want to encourage the reader to reflect on “what it might mean for them”. We encourage our readers to consider further or follow-up on any of the issues presented using our unique QR codes; to access further resources and information. We hope that you enjoy reading this edition and would welcome any comments or feedback you might have! Contents 3 4 6 Foreword from the Editors 7 Making sense of live and deadweight prices 8 Getting to grips with costs 10 Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) - to flush or not to flush? The ram MOT Understanding EBVs for better performance 14 17 18 Using BCS to plan ewe nutrition Are we maximising value? Are you producing what the market really wants? 20 21 22 BREXIT Barometer Trade updates Auction Market Updates Industry updates 2017 AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Sheep Matters - August/ September 2017