Practical management at tupping has a beneficial impact on both the profitability and practicalities at lambing. Effective and reliable marking lets you know which ewes have been tupped, by which ram and when!
We are currently welcoming a rocketing trade for both ewes and lambs with prices here in the South West consistently reaching 3 figures. Scanning percentages going into this lambing season have seen an average increase of 10 – 15% following the effects of the tough spring and dry summer in 2018.
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.
In our latest edition of Lambing blogs, we look at the Ewe 2 Feeder, developed by Lamlac to provide lambs with the very best start in life. One of the bestsellers of the lambing season, so what is it that makes this feeder so effective?