We weaned 12-week-old lambs to give growing mothers time to recover before the next mating
After a very wet eight weeks, ground conditions have made grass growth very slow and both utilisation and quality very poor.
The ground is too soft for any topping or fertiliser spreading. This is having a big negative effect on the availability of good grass for our weaned lambs.
We did manage to top some dry paddocks about three weeks ago and put on 20 units of nitrogen. There is quite good grass there now for lambs but our next problem is determining where to go after it is eaten.
Lambs were all weighed yesterday. I do not have any information back yet. We picked off about 120 lambs fit for sale. The remainder are all over 33kg except for the few small ones.
I am happy enough with the lambs, and they just need a good month of kind weather for them to finish quickly.
We will not be waiting for them to get into big weights before they are killed since the maximum kill weight is staying around 21kg. All lambs are now weaned, with the last being the hoggets on July 7.
Even though they were only 12 weeks of age, we weaned them to give their still growing mothers more time to recover before their next mating. There was no big setback for the lambs involved since they've been on some meal for the last month and creep grazing ahead of their mothers.