The benefits of a tight lambing period may include:
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.