mid-December in the new slatted house which we will feature in the next article.
The first fields were closed in mid-September and received a bag of 18-6-12 after last grazing.
These fields will be available for grazing after lambing in mid-February. The temptation will be there for Clifford to extend out the winter grazing period to mid-January by grazing these fields which at present have nice covers of grass.
This, however, would be a huge mistake.
The grass available in February for grazing ewes is generally grown in October or early November and carried through the winter for grazing in the spring.
If this is eaten prior to housing, it will result in a grass shortage in the spring and ewes will require supplementation with concentrates to meet their nutritional requirements post lambing.
The feed demands of the ewes in the spring rearing lambs are almost double that of the pregnant ewe grazing in
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