Dosing the ewes with minerals delivers hardier lambs
We have just three weeks to get everything ready for lambing which kicks off on March 6. All ewes have gotten their booster shot of Covexin 10 to cover the ewe from Chlostridial diseases and also supply antibodies for her lamb, which the lamb will get from the ewes colostrum.
The ewes all got a mineral dose of 20ml Twin Plus, we have been doing this for the last few years and find the lambs are hardier at birth with very little problems getting them up and sucking.
All ewes are getting meal, the strongest single ewes only started on February 20.
The triplets are on 0.8kg, with the twins on 0.5kg, and the singles on 0.3 kg of meal. We are feeding the triplets and twins twice daily, and the singles once per day.
Once you go up to 0.5kg of meal it is best to feed in two feeds.
The mix we are using is made up of whole oats, soya hulls, soya bean and a small amount of molasses.
We will increase the crude protein in the ration from 16pc to 19pc two weeks before lambing by increasing the amount of soya bean in the ration from 15pc to 20pc per ton.
This should mean we have plenty of milk at lambing.