Fingers crossed we are on course for compact lambing
We have all the rams out with the ewes since October 31 to pick up any ewes that did not hold to AI. After the first day, when the rams were obviously very excited, there has not been much activity and not many ewes are marked yet.
Sometimes it can be the next cycle when we get more ewes showing signs of heat. Why this happens we do not know, maybe their heat cycle has been upset due to the sponging. With very good weather and plenty of grass available since AI, we would have every reason to expect a high conception rate and plenty of lambs born in early March.
We also have Charollais rams out with 125 ewe-lambs. These are the best of our replacements and the remaining 50 have been left empty for their first year.
We will remove the rams after two cycles which will be the first week of December, so all lambs will be born in April.
To get these ewe-lambs to lamb compactly we used the 'ram effect' by putting a vacectomised ram in 14 days before the fertile rams. This trigers the ewe-lambs to begin cycling at the same time.
The most important thing is that the females have not been near a ram for the previous two months.
These ewe-lambs are on rented grass getting a fresh move every three days. They also get access to high energy feed-buckets.
The grass is not very good quality or maybe it is with many varieties of grasses and plantain to give them a varied diet. If they perform as well as last year I will be happy.