Eimear joined the Wynnstay team in 2017 as a Calf Specialist, covering the South West of England she developed the presence of calf milk and youngstock feeds and supporting the regional sales team. In October 2018 Eimear was promoted to the position of Calf & Youngstock Manager with overall responsibility to manage The Calf & Youngstock Team, whilst also being the Product Manager for Calf and Lamb Milk Replacers.
Eimear has a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Bristol University and after graduating she joined Foyle Foods, a meat processing company where she developed a keen eye for good carcass quality. Raised on a beef farm in Northern Ireland, Eimear has a firm understanding for the importance of getting the first few months of a calf’s life correct, resulting in a more productive cow and better quality carcass.
We all know that water is vital for life. It is essential for hydrating calves and for rumen development.
There are many reasons why I’ve seen a lack of water for calves on farm. Situations vary, sometimes not enough water is provided per pen, other times water which is contaminated, and at times no water at all, especially in very young calves.
Milk powder pricing, always topical and emotive on farm (especially if you are part of the Wynnstay Calf & Youngstock Team!), however, it seems even more so at the minute. Milk prices are certainly not on the up and milk replacer prices are doing the opposite and increasing at a steady rate.
During scanning, the results will provide an initial indication of how many lambs are likely to need fostering or artificially rearing. Before lambing starts preparing a carefully planned rearing protocol will be time well spent, since well grown artificially reared lambs will leave an acceptable margin that can be considered a worthy additional income stream.
The Preparation of lambs for weaning is a vital process to reduce the risk of a growth check during the transition from milk and to ensure lambs continue to thrive. It is therefor important to ensure lambs have access to clean and fresh water; high quality concentrates and a sufficient source of roughage alongside their milk supply. The type of roughage supplied can influence many factors, such as rumen development.
Managing your ewes effectively in the last eight weeks before lambing is one of the most important stages in the sheep calendar, says experienced sheep consultant Kate Phillips. If things go wrong at this stage the effects will be noticed in the following areas, lamb birth-weight could be low, lamb losses high, colostrum is poor in quality and supplies are below average poor and subsequent lamb growth below target. Thus ensuring the health of the ewe is vitally important.