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.
There has been much interest in recent years in outwintering systems for beef cattle. They have the potential to reduce costs and hence increase farm profitability. Out-wintering also offers the potential to increase herd size, within the constraints of NVZ restrictions without the substantial capital costs associated with housing and waste storage.
Welcome to the first edition of our Sheep and Beef newsletter. This is a dedicated publication for our customers; providing the latest industry updates alongside technical advice to help you get the most from your business. From analysing the new grant options that are available for livestock farmers, to the merits of out wintering beef, this edition brings together information and news from our Wynnstay specialists as well as leading industry experts.
Farmers at Wynnstay’s Sheep & Beef Event held at Welshpool Livestock Market on Friday, 14th August were advised by key note speakers that teamwork across the supply chain will help beef and sheep producers drive efficiencies and future-proof their businesses.
As part of our ongoing research to ensure that our customers get the best returns from their calves we are introducing a new milk powder – Wynngold Turbo Start
Turbo Start is a high quality calf milk powder designed to give your calves the best possible start in life. Turbo Start has been specially formulated to comply with the ‘LifeStart’ concept. Based on previous and ongoing research into how to get calves growing quickly and healthily, this concept is one that we feel can allow you to finish your calves faster than standard milk powders. Alongside specific management protocols, this milk can help you achieve your goal of raising profitable animals; maximising the return on your investment.
Turbo Start is a highly digestible whey based milk powder with excellent levels of oil needed to supply your calves with essential energy. This milk powder also has the additional benefits of high levels of Vitamin E to support immune function along with Greenline, a synergetic blend of ingredients designed to support optimum health and animal performance.
Specifically designed to be fed as part of an accelerated growth feeding program with a delicately balanced amino acid profile, this milk will allow you to safely feed at higher rates. Turbo Start is the perfect choice for anybody looking to unleash the genetic potential of their future herd.
For further information regarding this new milk powder, please speak to your Wynnstay representative or local Wynnstay country store.
In order to maintain adequate growth rates throughout the grazing season, and to reduce the risk of chronic disease going into the peak risk period of winter,treatments should be included in a strategic liver fluke control program for at-risk cattle duringg the summer grazing season.
Farmers who give their ewes a trace element bolus a month before tupping are achieving tighter lambing periods.
Selenium, cobalt, iodine and copper are all production limiters if not supplemented properly.
Lameness can pose huge economic losses to your flock. Wynnstay can provide you with the advice that you need in order to reduce lameness.