Window of opportunity to lift ewe condition
Sheep farmers in many parts of the country have the next six to eight weeks to lift the condition of their lighter ewes before the ram goes out.
Trial highlights possible ewe efficiency gains
Preliminary results from a Massey University trial looking at the lifetime performance of lambs retained from hoggets and mated as hoggets is showing possible efficiency advantages to the practice.
Maximising this year’s lamb crop
Maintaining ewes in good body condition and the provision of shelter are two important management factors in maximising this year’s lamb crop.
Scanning presents opportunity to be strategic with feed resources
Foetal aging and Body Condition Scoring are two powerful tools farmers can use at scanning to help make the most efficient and effective use of limited feed resources.
Hogget mating needs to be flexible option
Feed resources could be tight in many areas this winter so hogget mating needs to be carefully considered to ensure the hogget’s future productivity is not compromised.
Preparing ewes and rams for mating
Time invested in preparing both ewes and rams in the lead-up to mating will help maximise scanning percentages and ultimately next spring’s lamb crop.
Case study on bulls: Richard Morrison
If you’re selling or leasing bulls this spring ‘understand the risks’ and know the animal’s history around movements and health, says Manawatu beef farmer Richard Morrison.
Study identifies ewe wastage issue
A Massey University ewe longevity trial has highlighted a significant wastage issue within the sheep industry.
Fine tuning heifer mating
B+LNZ Genetics has produced an informative two-page guide called ‘Birth to first pregnancy’, which covers off key points to help maximise your heifer mating success.
Preparing for a dry summer
Strong returns for lamb coupled with predictions of a dry summer in many parts of the country are an incentive for farmers to maximise pre-weaning growth rates.
Making ram buying easy
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics’ ram buying indexes were only launched last year, but are already a popular tool for commercial farmers.