Good ruminant function is vital if we are going to get the best performance out of ruminant livestock. As such understanding how the rumen functions and adopting appropriate feeding strategies is central to nutritional advice and diet formulation.
Colostrum is the first feed for the newborn lamb and the key to survival. It’s a highly nutritious energy source which helps the lamb to maintain body temperature and survive; it also contains antibodies which are vital to help protect the newborn lamb against disease. Feeding sufficient good quality colostrum immediately after birth will reduce losses from both hypothermia and disease. It’s critical to carefully feed your in-lamb ewes in order to stimulate the production of quality colostrum and ensure lambs get the best start in life.