Gamekeeper challenges in rearing pheasants
The challenge to gamekeepers on game farms and shoots in Britain and Ireland is that of maintaining good pheasant health and good partridge health. Whether it is pheasants, partridges or ducks which are being reared, there are three major influences on their health:
- The nutrition the birds receive from their feed
- The environment where the birds are living
- The birds’ own immune system.
These factors along with the vigilance of the management employed on each game bird farm deal with variable factors such as feed nutritional variation, drug resistant pathogens and the vagaries of our temperate climate and occasional wet weather conditions all of which can have a major influence on health and productivity.
Increasing number of drugs are now being withdrawn from general usage and withdrawal periods are being introduced for those that remain available. As a result, there has been a general reduction in stocking levels on game farms and an improvement in management practices to counter this challenges.
Ongoing issues suck as outbreaks of avian influenza, anthelmintic and antibiotic resistance pose new issues and challenges to some. Natural Farm Health has a range of natural products that can assist game keepers deal with these type of challenges.