Feeding meal can help reduce weaning stress on lambs
An All Ireland for Mayo in May! I would like to congratulate Joe Scahill on winning the Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Sheep Farmer of the Year Award. This is a great achievement and I can think of no one more deserving.
He puts tremendous effort into his flock and into the voluntary sheep producer groups here in Mayo. I have worked with Joe in the Mayo Mule and Greyface ewes group for many years now and I'm not surprised with his success. I wish continued success to Joe and his family.
I hope to cut silage in the next few days. The silage ground has grown well over the past few weeks. I will make silage bales from all of it.
I was hoping to cut some of it a little earlier but conditions didn't permit. The after grass will be welcome for when I will wean lambs. It should give them a little boost.
I am quite happy with the way lambs have thrived so far this year. I find it is important that this continues for the weeks up to weaning and to ensure a smooth weaning.
Many issues can occur at this time of year which may cause poor growth rates. Lameness can be an issue in lambs, particularly scald.
Currently it's not a major problem here. I find keeping on top of it key. Any lambs that are lame I treat them as soon as I can to prevent spread.
Another issue is blowfly strike. I plan to use a pour-on the lambs and I will dip all lambs that will be sold for breeding later in the year.