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Ewe Managment

Top tips for maximising forage for Sheep

Top tips for maxisimising forage for Sheep

Although the high fertiliser and fuel prices are scary to think about, all is not lost when it comes to managing grassland this spring.

Home-grown forage remains the cheapest form of feed available, and we need to keep this front of mind when making decisions to see the full value of the investment. Here are my top tips to maximising your investment.

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Wynnstay Ewe Bolus improves ewe condition and lamb vigour on West Wales farm

Wynnstay ewe bolus improves ewe fertility and lamb vigour on south Wales farm

Meet Dyfrig Bowen, and his partner Lyndsey, at Pengelli Farm in Cardigan. Their system comprises 40 head of Pedigree Aberdeen-Angus cows and 900 Aberfield-Cross ewes. They also buy in a further 1,500 store lambs and sell their finished lambs direct to slaughter. Around 180 ewes are lambed indoors early on and then the rest are lambed outside in April.

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Ewe Management prior to lambing

Ewe Management prior to lambing

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.

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