Magherafelt flockowner Ian Brown is the proud owner of a new Ritchie sheep rollover crate, which he won in a recent Closamection Sheep Injection free prize draw, hosted by Norbrook Laboratories.
He runs a flock of 150 Suffolk cross ewes, which are due to lamb in late February/early March of next year.
“I cannot believe my luck,” Ian said. “The crate is a tremendous flock management tool. It will allow me to hoof pair ewes and lambs without the back breaking work that usually accompanies this job.
“It will also provide me with the opportunity of inspecting individual animals, again without the hardship of turning them over manually.”
The competition was one of a number hosted by Norbrook throughout the UK and Ireland to highlight the effectiveness of Closamectin injection for cattle and sheep to treat fluke, worms and external parasite infestations.
Entries were submitted by farmers in their local retail outlets or during visits to shows held during the spring, summer and autumn months of 2015.
Each regional competition offered one lucky farmer the chance to win a Ritchie sheep rollover crate, courtesy of a free draw.
The rollover crates, valued at around £1,000 per unit, are designed for easy installation within a sheep race and provide a unique 3-point pivot mechanism for good clearance between the animal and the side of the race.
Marcus Scott, NI sales manager at Norbrook said: “We were delighted with the response to the competition both from our customers in terms of running the competition in their retail outlets and from participants at the various shows we attended across the country.
“It is important for farmers to be aware of the causes and signs of fluke, not just during the obvious seasons. So drawing attention to potential treatments throughout the year is useful.
“I would like to congratulate Ian and wish him many years of successful farming with his new rollover crate.”
Ian recently picked up his crate at Ulster Livestock Sales’ Coagh store, where he was congratulated by salesman Johnny Ambrose and Norbrook’s Noel Gill.
For further information about Closamectin Solution for Injection for cattle and sheep please log onto www.norbrook.com.