Lambs are thriving but wilting grass is a sign no two summers are the same
After another powerful month of grass growth the lambs are growing well, ewes are gaining weight before mating and even some extra baled silage has been made.
Last year we were trying to pick out dry fields to spread fertiliser on, 12 months later there are signs of grass beginning to wilt on the lighter soils. This just shows that no two years are the same.
Lambs are thriving well in the fine weather. It is very interesting to watch them run and play around gateways or anywhere there is a bare patch of ground by water troughs. It is very unusual to see this in September but it is a good sign that the lambs are thriving.
We sent lambs to the factory last week. They had an average light weight of 43kg and they killed out at 20.6kg. This works out at almost 48pc of their live weight.
These lambs were all off the typhon fields, all castrated at birth and 75pc of them graded U with a fat score of 2 and 3. I would be a happy man if all my lambs were as good. But it proves that if things go according to plan that it can be achieved.
In a dry year like this the typhon definitely works with high dry matter intakes and very little wastage.
The male lambs are all castrated at birth. Some people will say that entire male lambs grow faster than castrates and I would not disagree up to weaning time. My problem is after weaning, when they can be slow to put a good cover of flesh on them.
I also found that their kill-out was always disappointing and they had to be kept separate from the ewe lambs to achieve a decent growth weight.