Scanning results a key tool in gearing up for lambing
A new year and the countdown to a new crop of lambs begins. Towards the end of December we scanned the flock. I am quite happy with the results of the scan from both the pedigree Bluefaced Leicester ewes and the Scotch Blackface mountain ewes.
The Bluefaced Leicester ewes scanned 2.25 lambs/ewe, which isn't uncommon for the breed. These will be some of the first ewes to lamb, with the ewes due to start at the end of February and into early March.
I'm looking forward to seeing some new breedlines coming into the flock from the AI used.
The Scotch Blackface ewes will begin to lamb then, with most due around the middle of March.
The Scotch ewes scanned over 1.6 lambs/ewe which I expected to be lower due to the large amount of hogget ewes in the flock.
I found over the years that the hogget ewes scanned lower than the adult ewes but that isn't the case this year.
The barren ewes are let out again with a Lanark ram lamb. Many of these are more than likely in lamb but are later and could not be detected at the time of scanning.
There were a few ewes that have scanned back to back barren. These will be sold to slaughter in the next few weeks.