Sheep: Vaccinations and vitamins for the ewes is our next priority
There are only four weeks left before lambing starts so the next big job is to give the Covexin 10 booster injection to all the ewes due to lamb during the first two weeks in March.
This vaccine is very important on two fronts, it boosts the ewes own immunity to cover her for the next 12 months and it allows the new born lambs to get antibodies from the ewes colostrum.
This is the lambs only chance to get some cover against clostridial disease. These antibodies will give them cover for the first few months and after that they may need to be put into their own vaccination programme which would entail giving them two injections four weeks apart.
When we are vaccinating the ewes we will also give them 15ml of a mineral/vitamin dose - this will be Twin Plus from Natural Stockcare. We find this dose gives us more lively lambs at birth, that get up quickly and mostly suck by themselves. This helps to reduce the labour requirement needed at lambing time.
We are feeding all the ewes with triplets being fed twice daily getting .7kg and twins on .5kg, with singles only started to feed this week getting .25kg.
The meal is a mix of rolled and whole barley with soya hulls and soya bean meal. The barley and soya hulls are good high quality energy ingredients and the protein comes from the soya bean.
Protein is important in the last month of pregnancy. Our ration will be 19pc CP with triplets pushed up to 1kg, twins to .75kg and singles .4kg before lambing.
All ewes have been put through the footbath regularly since housing. The lame ewes are picked off and put into one pen when returned to the shed. This way we can concentrate on this group by letting them into the footbath every few days and after these extra treatments, most improve.