All sheep on the farm should be dipped. This includes lambs, which can become infested with lice while drying off after birth.
Make sure that the dipping fluid is suited for the intended purpose, such as getting rid of scabs, lice or both.
Read the label before mixing the dipping fluid. Do not add anything to the fluid, unless it is recommended on the label.
Make sure that the dipping tank is clean before mixing the fluid.
Strictly follow all instructions for replenishing and storing the dipping fluid.
To dip your animals safely and effectively, follow these guidelines:
• Postpone dipping until after lambing or dip the sheep before the start of the lambing season.
• Lice can survive only on sheep, and contamination by lice can occur only if there is contact between animals.
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