Focus on nutrition urged ahead of lambing season to reduce losses

Focus on nutrition urged ahead of lambing season to reduce losses

Sheep farmers are being urged to prioritise diet forward of lambing, to extend flock productiveness and cut back lamb losses.

SAC Consulting held three webinars within the run-up to the lambing season, that includes recommendation and experiences from farmers, specialists, and vets on maximising lamb crop in indoor methods, exhausting hill environments and upland methods.

The “Lamb Crop 2022” webinars attracted near 400 viewers throughout the three digital classes and two of the core messages which featured all through had been the significance of normal physique situation scoring of ewes to gauge diet ranges and analysing forage to know what supplementary feeding is required to fulfill vitality shortfalls.

SAC Consulting’s sheep and grassland specialist, Poppy Frater, emphasised to farmers that diet could make the best contribution to lambing success.

“The fats reserves on the ewe are indicative of her health and have been proven to affect rearing success,” she mentioned. “We encourage all sheep farmers to evaluate situation of their flock extra regularly to construct confidence in a scale from one to 5 that fits their flock. At lambing, the goal situation rating for lowland is three, upland flocks is 2.5 and hill flocks is 2.”

During late being pregnant, Ms Frater identified that farmers have a tendency to usher in different dietary supplements to enrich forage.

“It is vital to know the standard of your silage as it will affect how a lot vitality you get from silage, and you may be extra strategic in understanding what focus is required to fulfill that vitality shortfall.

Market round-up

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd bought 1,291 prime and solid sheep at Newton Stewart yesterday.

Quality export hoggets had been scarce and really simply bought. The sale was topped at 298p/kg for a Beltex with many different pens promoting for over 260p.

However, heavy and lean sheep proceed to be exhausting to promote. Top per head was £127 for a Beltex and in addition for a Charolais. The general common was 239p (-3p).

Cast sheep peaked at £152 for a Suffolk tup with ewes to £126 for Zwartbles. Mules bought to £115, whereas Blackfaces made as much as £100.

C&D Auction Marts bought 60 cattle at their sale of primestock in Dumfries yesterday when prime cattle bought to 240p/kg and £1,737.

OTMs continued to enhance in worth.

Dairy varieties bought to £1,566 and 190p/kg to common 147p, whereas beef varieties peaked at £1,666 and 217p/kg to common 168p.

It was an Irish-bred Limousin cross cow that bought 217p/kg to set a brand new centre report.

There had been additionally 685 prime hoggets which had been bought on a gradual commerce with greatest varieties scarce and promoting for 260p to 280p.

Cast sheep peaked at £215 for a Texel tup and at £176 for a Texel ewe.

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