Lambs break into wet and cold world
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.’’
This lamb was one of triplets born in the cold wind, near Palmerston North. .