Ewes dagged to prevent udders getting scald in heat
The recent weather and grass growth has allowed me to stop feeding a large proportion of the ewes. I hope to have all the ewes off feed within the coming weeks.
Ewes have also been dagged to help prevent udders getting scald during the warm weather. Creep feeders have been introduced to the purebred lambs, twin lambs and also to the Beltex cross lambs.
The Scotch Blackface lambs will not receive any feed and may not be fed unless it is necessary. I have opted for a high energy course ration this year, with 16pc CP and an energy value of over 12 MJ ME/Kg. I am a believer in a high energy diet to achieve good growth rates.
It is difficult to have a cost-effective ration, which has a good energy value and feed mills do not publish energy values for their mixes. I decided to get my own ration produced with some help from my son as I now know the exact energy value, crude protein and other feed values of the ration.
This leaves no grey area. I have begun to dose lambs for Nematodirus. An increase in temperatures following a colder spell of weather has given Nematodirus eggs an opportunity to hatch into larvae. Lambs are beginning to consume large quantities of grass and there is a risk lambs will consume the parasite.
A watery yellow-green scour and lambs that aren't thriving that well is a good indicator of Newmatodirus being present. I usually don't let lambs get to this stage.
If Nematodirus is given the opportunity, it will effect lamb thrive and ultimately it will take lambs longer to be finished.