Stock up on cow colostrum to give lambs an extra boost
It's hard to believe that another lambing season is about to kick off.
You have got to get prepared for this, because when it really starts you just have to be in situ supervising the ewes night and day.
Preparation is key. I have plenty of gloves, lambing gel, tail rings, lambing stomach tubes and iodine all ready to roll.
I also talk nicely to a local dairy farmer and he gives me some cow colostrum, which I find great for giving a lamb a little boost.
I have made the decision this year to castrate all lambs. It removes the ram taint from the taste of the meat and makes finishing them easier and cheaper at the end of the season.
I got fertiliser and slurry out and the lambing paddocks that have been closed off since last October are looking good to go.
The meal that I have been feeding is a high soya-based 21pc ration. I cannot emphasise more how important this is. You need to have milk in your ewes at lambing time, otherwise you are running yourself into trouble and soya is the key ingredient needed to make this happen
A ewe with plenty of colostrum is crucial for protecting the lamb from illness. After a lamb is born it has no immunity whatsoever and is depending on its mother for this. This is passed on in the ewe's milk.