The ben­e­fits of a tight lamb­ing pe­riod may in­clude:

Country Smallholding - - Vet’s View -

Can book time off work or get ex­tra help in for short pe­riod of busy­ness;

Less driv­ing miles if you have to travel to small­hold­ing;

Avoid over-feed­ing ewes that are late to lamb;

Uni­form batch of lambs to sell at end of sea­son. Prepa­ra­tion Prepa­ra­tion is key when you de­cide to sponge your ewes:

Ewes need to be in good body con­di­tion (body con­di­tion score 3 -3.5) when you in­sert the sponges; if they are too thin or fat this will af­fect their fer­til­ity;

An in­creased ram power is re­quired as the ewes will be cy­cling at the same time. The rec­om­mended max­i­mum ra­tio is one ma­ture ram to 10 ewes or one ram lamb to five ewes;

Rams must also be in good work­ing or­der and a pre­breed­ing ex­am­i­na­tion with your vet 8 weeks be­fore tup­ping is ad­vised.

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