Tips for Farmers

When using the services of Dipping Dynamics it is advised to give consideration to the following:

1) Sheep

  1. All sheep to be dipped on the property at the same time.
  2. Sheep in good health and physical condition are obviously less likely to be adversely affected by dipping. Sheep should be fit and healthy (Condition Score 2 or greater) and able to easily walk up the ramp to the dip.
  3. Sheep should be dipped between 2-6 weeks off-shears.
  4. Pregnant ewes should be at least 4 weeks from lambing.
  5. Lambs at foot should be a minimum 4 weeks of age prior to dipping.
  6. Minimise stress on the sheep during mustering.
  7. Ensure sheep have previously been vaccinated with a 5 in 1 or 6 in 1 vaccine.
  8. If sheep are grazing under conditions where Barbers Pole Worm (Haemonchus contortus) infestation is possible, ensure sheep have been drenched with an effective drench in the weeks prior to dipping.

2) Dip Location

  1. Site at which sheep are to be dipped should be near level
  2. Site needs to be accessible by truck and trailer (without getting bogged!).
  3. It is preferred to set up the dip late on the day prior to the commencement of dipping.

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3) Holding and Loading Facilities

  1. Ensure yards have adequate sheep holding capacity to minimise delays whilst dipping
  2. Dipping Dynamics dips can be loaded off the ground or direct from a shed. Give consideration to how sheep will best flow through the yards to ensure the dip can be filled easily.

4) Water Supply and Quality

  1. Ideally it is preferred if good quality water can be accessed at the site of dipping. Tank or bore water (Electrical conductivity <3000ppm) is preferred but clean dam water can also be used. Avoid use of dam water with a high clay content as this may potentially bind to the chemical.
  2. Dipping Dynamics trucks contain a 10,000L water tank and quick fill pumps which allow water to be carted from the nearest water source to the site of dipping. 
  3. Approximately 50,000L of water will be required/day to dip 5000 sheep. This includes initial charge, dipping the sheep and washing up at the completion of each days dipping.

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5) Power

  1. All of the Dipping Dynamics dips hydraulics are powered by the PTO from an external tractor.
  2. The tractor and fuel are to be supplied by the farmer.
  3. The tractor should be a minimum of 50HP to provide enough power for the hydraulic pump.

6) Labour

  1. a) Dipping Dynamics will provide at least one operator to operate the machine and fill the dip with sheep. Additional labour (and dogs) can be provided if required.
  2. b) Generally it is advised to have additional labour as follows:
    1. One person located at the base of the ramp to push sheep up the ramp
    2. One person located at the back of the yards bringing sheep to the dip
    3. One person taking mobs of sheep away and bringing new mobs into the yards (if required).

7) Dipwash Disposal

  1. Dipwash will be disposed of in an area away from the dip. The disposal site should be near flat and be away from dams, waterways, etc.

8) Weather Conditions

  1. By far the greatest risk to sheep is exposure (hypothermia) from cold and windy conditions following dipping, By necessity, the sheep are wet to the skin and are more affected by cold weather than if just exposed to wind and rain (when much of their skin surface would remain dry and insulated).
  2. As a blanket rule, Dipping Dynamics will not proceed to dip sheep if windy weather below 12°C is predicted.
  3. Whilst Dipping Dynamics will offer advice as to whether to dip or not based on weather conditions and forecasts it is always the farmer’s decision as to whether dipping is to proceed or be postponed until weather improves. 
  4. Dipping should commence early in the morning and should aim to finish by mid-afternoon to allow the sheep to dry before nightfall.
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