Shearing is an ideal time to assess flock health
Shearing is hot on the agenda at the moment.
We shear all our own ewes - these are done in manageable batches and often lambs are weighed, dosed and marked at this time too.
I'm quite happy with the body condition score (BCS) of the majority of the ewes on the farm. Shearing provides me with a great opportunity to assess the ewes' health. I check all for mastitis and other ailments. I came across very few cases of mastitis or lameness. The lambs were assessed too.
I look at how well they have grown to date, which ewes are rearing what lambs and what lambs and ewes are struggling. It is a useful time to identify ewes for culling and also to identify ewes to breed replacements from.
I hope to have all the ewes shorn in the next week and then move on to the other chores the summer brings.
I weighed some batches of lambs to give me a better idea of their growth rate. Wether lambs in general weighed that bit better than the ewe lambs across the board. I hope to have some wether lambs for selling shortly.
Some of the lambs are reaching 38-43kg and will be sold off shortly. All of these are Mule wether lambs.
I always put emphasis on the carcass traits of the breed as they make up half the lambs I sell. All of the wether lambs will grade Rs and Us, with less Us than Rs. The lambs will be weaned in the coming week and will be put on to the after grass from the silage ground.