OF FLOCK HEALTH MANAGEMENT:
In this section, the veterinarian and producer work through all areas of flock health management. To help identify issues that may be responsible for production losses, RED FLAGS direct the producer to problem areas. Also to help the producer understand the problem, each section is referenced to the Introduction to Sheep Production manual, produced by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency which can be downloaded from its site. Producers and vets work through the assessment form and then complete the Flock Health Management Summary report (mandatory) to indicate problem areas and to make recommendations. The form covers the following areas:
If the flock veterinarian agrees, a score for risk of disease can be given for the more common diseases that affect sheep in Canada, using the Health Management Summary Report. This risk (low, moderate or high) is NOT the same as having a comprehensive testing protocol, but provides the owner with a scale of how much a particular disease appears to be affecting his/her flock. This risk CANNOT be used to advertise disease status unless the flock veterinarian is willing to agree to the advertisment. There cannot be a claim made for a flock being disease "free" but can only make a claim for risk as follows:
LOW RISK = no disease present / control measures excellent
MODERATE RISK = disease present in flock / control measures instituted but improvement required.
HIGH RISK = disease present and not controlled
The advertisement must specifically indicate that this risk was assigned as part of the Ontario Sheep Health program and not another disease status program.
Included in the forms is a veterinary feed script form which can be used by the flock veterinarian when ordering non-approved medicated feeds, and a lamb necropsy form which can be used when investigating lamb mortality.