Resources and Factsheets
Learn to ensure the welfare of your livestock and run a biosecurity safe farm whether you are thinking of owning a small farm, big farm, are a hobbyist, lifestyler, or anything in between.
Information specific only to Cattle, Sheep & Goats. These resources have been created and curated by the VFF Stock Sense team.
Everything you NEED to know.
New to Farming?
Thinking of buying livestock and unsure where to begin? Stock Sense have created booklets with key resources and information on how to get prepared.
Peri-urban packs can be mailed out upon request. Contact the Stock Sense team for more information.
Sheep & Goats
Introducing New Livestock
Need a quick guide? Each time you introduce new animals onto your property there is a risk of introducing pests or diseases. Learn what you need to do before the animal arrives, and what to do after they have arrived on your property.
Learn more about the diseases and welfare issues your livestock might face.
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Assessing Your Pastures
Selecting the right pasture species that can thrive in your region is crucial in ensuring high quality feed for grazing livestock.
Lambing is a critical period of the year that requires careful planning and management from joining, gestation and pre-lambing to ensure the health of both ewes and lambs.
Also known as hypocalcaemia or parturient paresis, is a common metabolic disorder that occurs in cattle, sheep, and goats.
Yards & Loading Facilities
Whether you own one animal or thousands, you must have some form of yarding equipment and loading ramps, or access to these facilities.
Grass tetany is a fatal metabolic disorder which is caused by low levels of Magnesium (Mg) in the blood.
Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD)
LSD is a devastating disease of cattle and has a relatively low mortality but high morbidity. However, there is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans.
General Sheep Vaccines
Protecting your flock from production-limiting diseases involves a coordinated flock health program, including a vaccination plan.
Lamb marking refers to husbandry procedures including tail docking, castration of males, ear tagging, mulesing, and vaccination.
Caused by flies, flystrike can cost the Australian sheep industry $280 million a year.
Extreme heat temperatures in summer can cause significant stress on livestock. Learn how to manage the symptoms and how to prepare.
Bovine Johne's Disease
Bovine Johne's Disease is a notifiable disease. It is an infectious incurable wasting disease of cattle.
Common Goat Worms
Unlike sheep and cattle, goats put their evolutionary efforts into developing a browsing strategy of eating so they have a lower tolerance to worms.
Also referred to as “action”, woody tongue is an infectious bacterial disease most commonly seen in cattle.
Protecting your herd from common diseases involves a strategic vaccination plan. It's important to understand of how vaccines function...
Anthrax is a serious infectious disease that can affect a range of animals, as well as humans.
Liver fluke usually occurs in areas with high rainfall (more than 600mm) and irrigated areas of eastern Australia.
Pinkeye is a contagious eye infection that causes aggressive inflammation often resulting in short term or permanent blindness in cattle.
Facial eczema or “Photosensitisation” is a type of sunburn affecting exposed areas of pale skin in livestock.
Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE)
This viral disease is known by many names including "Big Knee" or caprine retrovirus (CRV).
Bluetongue virus (BTV) is an infectious, non-contagious, vector-borne viral disease and Victoria remains BTV transmission-free.
Pain relief is recommended for a number of husbandry procedures such as castration, tail docking...
Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD)
FMD is a notifiable disease. An outbreak in Australia will mean devastating impacts on the industry.
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