Sheep: Growth spurt means grass management is our next priority
It is hard to believe that this time last month we were putting out beet for the ewes.
Fast forward a few weeks and we now have some paddocks cut for silage.
We had planned to graze them but they had gone too strong, so we opted for the next best option to cut and bale the grass. It means the paddocks will be back into the rotation quickly while we are also collecting good quality silage for next winter.
When grass grows quickly it can be a difficult crop to manage, so it helps to divide paddocks into areas that are cleared out in four days and keep the number of groups of animals to a minimum.
So instead of two groups of 100 ewes with lambs, put them together and you will utilise what grass you have better and also grow more grass. This way we can manage our grass better and get more from it when it is growing rapidly.
All the lambs have been dosed with either a white or a yellow drench. The early March lambs were all weighed the same day, the singles average daily weight gain was 330gms per day with the lambs born as twins or triplets gaining 280gm per day.
We are definitely back on other years, which was caused by the cold weather in April and a shortage of grass when ewes should be milking at their peak.
Since weighing and with a change in the weather, lambs seem to be thriving better and can be seen playing and sleeping in the sunshine. There are also more of them going through the creep gates giving them access to the best grass.