Emily Sycamore shares her advice in preparing for tupping.
Although it’s only June, it’s already time to think about this year’s tupping – especially if you plan on early lambing!
One vital factor that needs early consideration is whether or not you are planning on vaccinating against toxoplasmosis or enzootic abortion, since both these vaccines need to be administered no later than 4 weeks before tupping – which for some of you could be quite soon!
Obviously we also need to make sure that the tup is fit and healthy, with good feet and no lumps or bumps on his testicles. A pre-breeding veterinary examination to check these things, and more, will help to ensure that he is able to serve ewes to the best of his ability. If any problems are discovered there will hopefully be time either for your tup to recover before he is needed, or for you to source an alternative tup.
If you have any questions about preparing for tupping, or if you would like to discuss vaccination or place a vaccine order, please contact us at the practice.