Story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Tailing and vaccination

Tailing and vaccination

Lamb tailing is a major job on sheep farms in spring. Removing tails prevents dung accumulating in the area and providing sites for fly strike and other problems. At the same time, lambs are usually vaccinated against tetanus, pulpy kidney and blackleg clostridial disease. Male lambs are usually castrated, and ewes kept for breeding receive an ear tag. In earlier days, as at Pirinoa Station in the Wairarapa in 1976, lambs’ ears were marked with a notch to identify them as belonging to a particular property.

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Reference: AAQT 6539 B11,109
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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Reproductive and nervous system diseases', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17441/tailing-and-vaccination (accessed 8 August 2020)

Story by Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008