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6: Tension top and bottom wires.
8: Hang the gate and the job is done.
7: Attach wire mesh.
Safety is always the highest priority.
Always use a tractor that complies with
Australian Standards including Roll Over
Protective Structure, seat belt and
protective covers. Only take on tasks
within the capability of the machine and
operator. Follow all relevant safety
warnings, instructions and regulations.
Wear appropriate safety equipment and
use common sense.
This article is a general guide only.
Conditions vary from site to site.
Judgement relating to your individual
conditions must be exercised.
East Wind tractors and Hanmey
implements feature in this article. For
more information visit eastwind.com.au
or hanmey.com.au or ring 1300
5: Hang rails.
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VACCINATION is the most effective and
practical way to help protect sheep and
lambs from clostridial diseases such as
pulpy kidney, tetanus, black disease,
malignant oedema and blackleg. These
diseases can cause significant economic
losses in unvaccinated flocks.
Whether giving a 5-in-1, 6-in-1 or 3-in-1
vaccine, it is vital lambs are given the first
dose and followed up with the second
booster dose 4-6 weeks later (usually at
Unfortunately, some sheep producers are
choosing to only give the first vaccination
dose to lambs without the booster. These
lambs will not develop lasting immunity and
are therefore left vulnerable to potentially
fatal clostridial infection.
The first vaccination dose primes the lamb's
immune system to recognise the virus or
bacterial antigen, but gives the animal only
a low level of protection against the
The second dose 4-6 weeks later actually
initiates antibody production and provides a
high level of immunity against the disease
in the future.
Failing to give the second dose will result in
the animal's immunity quickly dropping
below the protective level.
For prime lambs destined for slaughter, it is
still recommended to give both the initial
and second vaccination. Tetanus and pulpy
kidney are the clostridial diseases of most
For lambs retained on the property, an
additional booster vaccination 12 months
later is highly recommended.
essential for lambs
Need to know more:
Call your local PIRSA Biosecurity Animal
Health Officer or private veterinarian.
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