Out of 877 births, lambs ranged in from a hefty 8.2kg single down to a 1.5kg quad
Lambing is as good as finished with only 20 ewes left. It was a hard month's work, but we were very lucky with the weather.
The very busy week of lambing was dry and we were able to put out lambs every day. As ewes and lambs were put out to grass they were left in small groups of less than 20 ewes with their lambs in each field. This helps to stop lambs being mis-mothered in the first few days.
When the lambs were two weeks old these groups were joined together to make a group of 70 ewes and twin lambs. These will be increased to 150 for summer as soon as there's enough grass to stop feeding meal. We are feeding all twin-rearing ewes 0.5kg of meal. This is being fed once per day using a feeder behind the quad.
The group with triplets are getting 1kg of meal twice per day. We are feeding an 18pc crude protein nut onto the grass. Ground conditions are not ideal but there is no way we could feed using troughs.
The quad and feeder is the ideal way of feeding, with the hardest part being getting in and back out through the gate. But this is a small price in comparison to the hardship of dragging bags of meal through 70 ewes.
We have enough grass for the next week but re-growth has been very slow. It looks like we will end up feeding meal for another 10 days at least.
We will also go with more fertiliser now if the heavy rain holds off. We're using a pasture sward compound at one and half bags per acre. Most of the farm was already spread on March 7 with a bag of urea, but it is this late application of urea that has left us short of grass now. Normally, we would have nitrogen on in February.
As one of Sheep Ireland's monitor farms, I dare say that we have some of the best lambing records in the country.