Light at end of tunnel as lambs are thriving with grass growth
My lambs are thriving. The boost in grass growth over the last month has really helped them on and there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am still behind on the amount of lambs that I would like to have sold.
I can see that over the next three to four weeks, they will catch up and I should be heading towards having the majority of my lambs out of here by early November.
That been said, the kill out of my lambs has been disappointing this year. Ram lambs that seemed fleshy at 46kg plus are averaging 19.5kg carcass weight.
It seems to be an issue for a lot of people this year. I can only read with admiration John Large's article last week where he is drafting castrated ram lambs at 43kg live and achieving an average carcass kill out of 20.5kg and also finishing them off typhon. This is something that I need to sort out for next year.
I have been busy vaccinating my ewes for Schmallenberg virus. I bit the bullet and bought the vaccine. As I mentioned last month, I was in two minds about doing it, but I suppose I was grasped by the fear of a potential disaster next spring.
I also gave the ewes a vitamin and cobalt mineral dose. I had been contemplating a bolus this year, but they are expensive and the dose is working out at 30c/ewe.
Cobalt deficiency is definitely a problem on the farm, so in the run up to letting out the rams for next season, I would like to have the ewes really thriving.