Ewe con­di­tion

Irish Examiner - Farming - - GENERAL FARMING -

As ewes get closer to lamb­ing, they get larger and more vul­ner­a­ble. En­sure you have enough trough space. There should be 60cm (2ft) for big ewes (80kg+) (Suf­folk and Texel cross, etc) and 45cm (1.5ft) for medium-sized ewes (70-75kg).

Keep an eye on ewe body con­di­tion. If ewes are los­ing con­di­tion, you need to in­crease feed­ing lev­els. En­sur­ing that ewes lamb down in good body con­di­tion im­proves lamb sur­vival rates. Do a shop­ping list of items you need to pur­chase be­fore lamb­ing starts.

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