Taking final pre-lambing measures
With lambing just a week from starting, all ewes to lamb first got their booster shot of Covexin 10 on February 15. This will provide antibodies for the lambs from the ewes' beastings. We also gave the ewes a mineral vitamin dose of Twin Plus.
The ewes are all being fed a mix of rolled barley, citrus pulp, soya bean meal and whole barley. The protein content has now been pushed up to 19pc. The triplets are on 1kg, twins on 0.75kg and singles on 0.3kg of meal. All are being fed twice a day, except for the singles who are just fed in the morning.
They are also eating two bales of hay a day. I give one morning and evening with the straw chopper. No silage was fed this year and we have a shed of hay on the out-farm which we have not started to use yet -- so next winter's fodder should not be a problem.
Our plan is to spray off a few fields next month so they can be reseeded early.
When you use hay (if it can be made), the two big differences from silage are dryer beds and fewer foot problems.
We cleaned out the sheds this week and put all the ewes through the footbath. Now we are putting up individual small pens for lambing. As always, we're trying to make life easier for ourselves.
We have some timber pens which were screwed or nailed together. This year we put brackets on them so they can pin together. It took a lot more work than we thought but hopefully it will be justified over the next few years. We spread most of the home farm on February 14 with 40 units of nitrogen.
This was urea and with the temperature so high and mild conditions since, we have a plentiful supply of grass. The out-farm, which is much later to start growing, this week got 1.5 bags of Pasture Sward.