SHEEP farmers are being urged to complete the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) lamb survey, which is aiming to find out exactly what effect the bad weather and disease has on this year’s lamb crop.
The NSA, which is carrying out the study in conjunction with a number of industry bodies including AHVLA, and Eblex, said the survey should be completed once lambing is finished.
Phil Stocker, NSA chief executive, said: “The incredible number of phone calls and emails we are receiving about Schmallenberg shows how much frustration the lack of information about the disease is causing amongst sheep farmers.
“No in-depth information is being collected by the Government but we are pleased that pressure from NSA has resulted in AHVLA coming together with us and other industry organisations to develop a short questionnaire that will help us answer some of the questions we have.
“Of course Schmallenberg is not the only problem out there, and so it is also important to capture information linked to the unprecedented challenge presented by liver fluke, as well as waterlogged grazing and poor quality silage.
“The more farmers that fill in this form the better the information that we will be able to gain, so I do urge all sheep farmers to complete the survey themselves and spread the word to neighbours and friends.”
The survey can be competed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WWHBNC5. NSA members who are not online can call the organisation to complete the survey over the phone, on 01684 892661, preferably with their NSA membership number to hand.