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The importance of trace element nutrition pre-tupping

Grazing alone cannot always be relied upon to maximise ewe and ram fertility. We should not be complacent about mineral and trace element deficiencies pre-tupping, which is an important time of the flock reproduction cycle.

Even when grass growth has been good, essential trace elements can still be deficient and hinder fertility. Forage trace element analysis from across the UK has consistently found a lack of cobalt, selenium and other trace elements. This is often the case even at sites which have good quality grazing.

Thought should be given to the way trace-elements are provided in the diet. Trace element drenches such as Wynnstay AllVit T are an effective way of supplying a range of minerals quickly and effectively.

Preparations for tupping should start up to 8-10 weeks before the rams are turned out with the ewes, but at the very latest, six weeks before tupping commences. Give yourself plenty of time to rectify any problems or source replacement stock. Pay close attention to the key components of the diet to ensure fertility levels across the whole flock are maximised. Getting micronutrition right pre tupping will support fertility, and will lead to the best chance of a good scanning result and a healthy lamb crop in 2018. Drench ewes 3-4 weeks pre tupping to help ensure this.

Don’t forget the tups! All too often they can be neglected, and as they contribute 50% of the genetics to the flock, it is important that their condition is considered as well as the ewes pre-tupping. For example, sperm production typically takes six to eight weeks, so start ram preparations early, at the same time as ewes, to ensure this isn’t compromised. Consider drenching tups at 8 weeks and 4 weeks pre-tupping.

Who needs what trace elements pre-tupping?

Find out more about trace element nutrition pre-tupping from your local Wynnstay Animal Health Specialist.

Focus On Animal Health

Animal health is a key aspect in any enterprise and with lambing season already beginning in some areas, take a proactive approach to maximise ewe and lamb performance. The majority of lamb losses occur during the first 48 hours of life, but this could be avoided by focusing on ewe and lamb nutrition.

Ad-lib Feeding – Colostrum

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.

Lambing Guide 2016

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.

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