Sheep: Ile de France rams have earned their keep
Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30
As the lambing for 2015 draws to a close I can only reflect on what has been a fairly successful season.
The ewe lambs have been lambing away easily and I am very happy with the Ile de France Rams I put with them. There has not been one difficult birth and most of them gave birth themselves without any assistance.
The Ile de France lambs are quick to get going once born, and this, along with their good conformation, makes them an ideal choice as an easy-lambing ram.
With ewe lambs it would be great if you could arrange for each one of them to just have one lamb. I am reluctant to let them rear twins as I find it puts a lot of pressure on them.
In the situation where a ewe lamb is rearing twins you have to supplement them with meal. This adds extra cost and labour so for most of mine I have taken off the twins and put them on the automatic feeder to be reared as pets.
I have roughly 90 pets this year and I am gradually taking them off the feeder and putting them on meal. I don't intend to let them out this year and I'll finish them all inside.
Hopefully I will be getting them away by the end of June.
Last week I spent the week dosing and foot bathing the ewes and lambs from the main flock that are roughly six weeks old and starting to nibble more grass.