CAFRE’S Greenmount Campus will be running a course in November on the safe use of sheep dips. If you are thinking about dipping your sheep this autumn you will need a Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Sheep Dips.
The course concentrates on keeping yourself, others and your environment safe from the chemicals used. It also covers the following topics:
• Knowledge of the parasites to be controlled
• Looking after your sheep at dipping
• The dip products that can be used
• What makes a good sheep dipper
Mark Seffen runs a sheep flock in Knockloughrim. He obtained his Certificate by attending a course in 2014.
“After doing the sheep dip course at Greenmount and seeing their dipper it gave me ideas to help me design my own which I have now built,” he explained.
“I hope to use it this year before tupping. Hopefully I will get all round protection from lice and scab as they can have a severe financial impact on the business and on the welfare of the sheep.
“I also learned on the course about the need to get authorisations to spread spent sheep dip from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. I got these immediately after doing the course for three of my fields when it was fresh in my head.”
If you would like to attend the Safe Use of Sheep Dips course being organised by CAFRE, Greenmount Campus this autumn, you can book a place on the course at the following link: http://www.cafre.ac.uk/safe-sheep-dips/