Tipp sheep farmer on management of his lambs close to slaughter
THE lambs are all weaned and divided into groups according to their weight and how near they are to slaughter.
The most forward group — mostly wether lambs — are getting 250gm of meal per day. These lambs are weighing from 38kg upwards. The meal they are being fed is a simple three-way mix purchased in bulk. We just collect 2.5 tonnes from the merchant when we need to.
There is no need of a fancy creep ration at this time of year — all you need is energy in the form of cereals and pulp.
We are only feeding meal this week and would hope to draft lambs every two weeks from now on.
We took one load since weaning and even if kill-out was not great, the fat cover and carcass grade were fine. The small bit of meal from now on should help kill-out percentages. We will need all the weight we can get to keep the sale price up.
We have our replacement ewe-lambs picked off. We have 180 again this year from five different breeds. They are a very uniform bunch in size and weight. These ewe lambs were picked from the information collected at lambing time based on their mother’s ability to lamb by herself, produce plenty of milk and have good hardy lambs.
The 40-day weight of the lamb and also her weaning weight are used to provide additional information.
By collecting this data you can improve your flock and avoid using replacements from under-perfoming ewes.