Colostrum is often described as ‘liquid gold’ as the fuel for life. One secret to rearing healthy lambs, and for future production, is to make sure each lamb receives enough colostrum. Ad-lib feeding can often see lambs perform and grow better than they would had they been left on their mothers.
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.
Lambing time is a crucial period for sheep farmers. Maximising the health and productivity of the future flock is vital to the success and sustainability of your farm. Preparation is key; therefore our sheep production team has produced this guide providing technical and product support for every stage of the lambing process.
Wynnstay aim to support the needs of the British sheep farmer and have produced this guide in the hope that we can increase the sustainability of your business. We have a small selection of lambing sundries available to purchase online as well as in your local store.
Should you have any problems or questions regarding the content of the lambing guide please do not hesitate to contact us. Your feedback is always welcome.
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.
The new Android App, developed by StockTrace, was showcased at the Wynnstay Sheep and Beef Event at Welshpool on 14th August and received great acclaim.
Sheep identification legislation is changing in Wales from January the 1st 2016.
In order to achieve maximum economic returns from lambs this autumn/winter, sheep farmers need to plan production and resources to decide how to finish the lambs or sell them as stores to meet the requirements of the chosen market.
Whether beef prices are on the up or on the way down, it is always possible to improve returns by increasing efficiency. The use of Biosprint live yeast in beef diets can help to do just that; the benefits include reduced cost per kilo live weight gain, a reduction in the overall feed bill and a faster turnaround of animals.
So when does the preparation for lambing start? Ideally it should be the day the ewes are weaned from the previous lamb crop. However, eight weeks before the rams go in is the date that the countdown really begins. So why 8 weeks before tupping? There are two reasons: number one, the rams and number two, the ewes.