Sheep Dipping Consigned to History Books

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LAST summer, dipping sheep was consigned to farming history when Saintfield farmer Crosby Cleland became one of the first to use Dysect Sheep Pour-On from Fort Dodge Animal Health.

Crosby and farm manager, Alan Irwin (right of picture), found the just launched product simple and safe to use with a single application both treating and controlling blowfly strikes for eight to 10 weeks.

This summer, several weeks earlier-than normal due to the long dry spell, Crosby has again opted to use Dysect.

"It's just so simple to use and just so reliable there was no question, but we would apply Dysect to our 500 ewes and their lambs,'' the Co Down farmer explained.

"Last year just one application of Dysect Sheep Pour-On kept blowfly at bay, but this time round we may need to protect the last of the lamb crop with another treatment around mid-August. With blowfly strikes so early this year there was no choice, but treat in mid-June instead of July.

"But doing some lambs again is no big chore as the whole job is so simple. Applied from shoulders to tail Dysect Sheep Pour-On is a natural green colour visible on the sheep's back for at least a week,'' Crosby added.

"Another advantage is the simplicity of dosing rates, one for adults and one for lambs. By both treating blowfly strike and offering long term protection the risk of blowfly strike is dramatically reduced when Dysect is used.

"As well as farming we have an alternative enterprise, contract fencing, so time really is money. Taking a fencing crew off a job with tight deadlines to help dip sheep cannot make financial sense. …