Lambs break into wet and cold world

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Your Local News - JILL GAL­LOWAY

New­born lambs still wob­bly on their legs are ar­riv­ing to a wet, cold and blus­tery Manawatu win­ter.

Among the lambs are triplets just born on a farm near Feild­ing on the way to Palmer­ston North.

Farm­ers, this week took pre­cau­tions in some cases by putting ewes and lambs in sheds, to get them out of the cold, windy con­di­tions.

There are a few lambs on the Manawatu flats with farm­ers in the hill coun­try usu­ally lamb­ing next month or later, to get the grass growth when the ewes need it most to feed them.

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Manawatu/ Ran­gi­tikei pres­i­dent, sheep and beef farmer Richard Mor­ri­son said when lamb­ing this early - be­fore the spring grass growth has re­ally kicked into gear - feed­ing ewes ap­pro­pri­ately was the key to a suc­cess­ful lamb­ing re­sult.

‘‘A good rule of thumb to re­mem­ber is, a ewe’s nutri­tional re­quire­ments triples as soon as she gives birth to two lambs.

‘‘She needs more if she gives birth to three lambs and slightly less if she gives birth to one.

‘‘Lac­ta­tion re­quires en­ergy and pas­ture is essen­tially a low en­ergy food.’’

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

This lamb was one of triplets born in the cold wind, near Palmer­ston North. .

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