Finishing beef cattle on high starch diets has many known benefits not least being increased growth rate. With the current price of cereal feeds, it is currently an economical approach which can also improve carcass conformation and hence give higher returns per kilo.
Regular vaccination of your ewes throughout the year is a very important part of flock management. Never is it more important than in the period prior to lambing, this is crucial for ewe’s producing colostrum to pass on immunity to newborn lambs.
Pre-season preparation is key to minimising problems, reducing losses and achieving a higher lamb yield per ewe, which eventually will lead to improved daily liveweight gain and increased margin. With lower lamb prices last season, there should be no shortcuts taken ahead of the current crop of lambs.