Weather still biggest challenge at lambing
With lambing just about started, it will be all hands on deck for the next 10 days. We have about 12 ewes lambed over the last few days, with good strong lambs and ewes with plenty of milk. This tells us our pre-lambing feeding of the ewes has worked.
We have the singles on 0.4kg of meal, the twins are being fed 0.8kg, with the triplets on 1kg. The twins have being getting meal for the last six weeks. The triplets have been fed since they were scanned in early January.
We have very little problems with prolapse or twin-lamb disease this year. The twins and triplets are fed twice daily, with plenty of feeding space at the feed rails. We even put a trough into the pen to give more feeding space for the last two weeks as the ewes get much bigger as they come nearer to lambing.
The hay has also been cut back from four bales in mid pregnancy to just two in the last few weeks. The meal we are feeding is very fine in texture due to the mix of soya, maize, gluten, soya hulls and rolled barley. Whole oats is the only ingredient being fed in its natural form.
I was not over impressed when I saw the first load after delivery, but the ewes took to it quickly and have performed well. They can take a while to eat up their feed and drink a lot of water afterwards.
As ewes lamb they will be let out to grass after two days in individual pens. We have about 100 single pens so we can be full up after just two days.
The most testing part of lambing will be the unsettled weather, especially if it leaves conditions under-foot very wet.