Sheep: Changing weather heightens the threat from worms
Published 27/04/2016 | 02:30
The recent improvement in weather is welcomed with open arms. We were finding it difficult with the wet and cold weather to have enough grass for the ewes and lambs.
Grass growth was non-existent on the farm but this has started to improve. The fields that were saved had been eaten and concentrate feed had to be fed to ewes to meet their nutritional demands.
I prioritised the ewes with twins as they have a greater demand than the ewes with single lambs to keep the twin lambs growing well. I lamb most of the flock outdoors. This has advantages and disadvantages as I have mentioned before, but one disadvantage is that it is difficult to have grass for the ewes and lambs in spring.
The difficult weather conditions for lambing and this lack of grass are making me think lambing indoors is something I should consider. I will think about it over the next few weeks and see if building a shed or converting a shed is a viable option.
I spread nitrogen fertiliser again last week on fields that are saved. Soil tests were taken on the farm recently too.
In theory I probably should have waited for the results of this to see what deficiencies are on the farm and whether I need to spread lime, P and K.
But I couldn't wait for the results as I needed to help get grass growing. I will use the soil results when I get them to fix the deficiencies that are still there.
There are still a few ewe lambs left to lamb. The Lanark ewe lambs were born the end of March and well into April 2015.