Maintenance tasks have kept us ticking over
With all ewes housed since mid December our days are kept busy feeding stock and getting any maintenance jobs done about the yard. We replaced most of the uprights holding the feed rail in one shed. The original ones had become weak and the feed rail was starting to fall over.
The old uprights were set into the concrete floor. This time we set 10 inch sleeves in the concrete and inserted the upright into the sleeve, hopefully if any have to be replaced in the future the job should be a lot easier and there will be no long hours with a kango-hammer. We also replaced some water drinkers that had seen out their life.
Our big problem was the small drinkers were not able to stop the water flow when full so we always had one overflowing somewhere.
This year we put in a header tank in each shed. So now water from the pump goes directly into a tank fixed about 12 feet off the ground and the water is gravity fed to the drinkers in each pen. This system seems to be working very well, maybe when all ewes are on meal the availability of water could become an inconvenience but we could simply go back to the old system for a few hours each day.
The next job is our lighting which needs upgrading after nearly 25 years. With a good face-lift it should work well for another 20 years.
We scanned our ewes just before Christmas. All ewes were scanned, we have 55 that are either empty or in lamb but very late. These will be scanned again with the ewe lambs by the end of January.
These ewes are on rented grass with the dry ewe lambs. The quality of this grass is not very good but they have plenty of acres for what sheep are there. There is no fence for sheep on this ground so we are fencing it into sections using electric netting, giving them enough to eat for five days at a time.
The scan results for what was in lamb was very good with the average scan high 1.90 lambs per ewe.