Preventing pneumonia in lambs
Pneumonia and associated pleurisy cost the sheep industry significant amounts of money every year in lost production and downgraded carcasses, but simple management factors can help prevent these diseases.
Check ewes’ udders post-weaning
Checking ewes’ udders four to six weeks after weaning will help identify ewes with udder problems that could lead to reduced lamb survival and growth rates.
Maximising pre-weaning lamb growth rates
Ewes in early lactation require a massive amount of feed to provide adequate milk for their lambs while maintaining or recovering body condition.
Preventing losses to metabolic diseases at lambing
Metabolic diseases can cause significant ewe losses around lambing, particularly when feed is short and or ewes are exposed to stressors such as storms or yarding events.
Maximising triplet lamb survival
High quality feed, reduced stocking rates and shelter will all help enhance triplet lamb survival and ultimately benefit the bottom line.
Dextrose aids newborn lamb survival
Lambing is getting underway in many regions and farmers are encouraged to put together a lambing kit to ensure they have everything they need on-hand when doing a lambing beat.
Body condition and feed beats pre-lamb drenching
In the lead-up to lambing, farmers are being advised not to blanket drench ewes, particularly with long-acting drench products.
Making the best use of ewe pregnancy scanning data
Having the ability to target feed ewes that will offer the best return on investment is one of the main benefits of pregnancy scanning – but there are others.
Setting up for spring
Sheep farmers are fast approaching a critical time of the year when correct management will realise the season’s potential productivity and profitability.
Benefits of indoor lambing system far-reaching
Determined to realise the potential offered by triplet-bearing ewes, Chris, Julia and Richard Dawkins have, with the help of Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Innovation Farm programme, set-up an indoor lambing system on their Marlborough sheep and beef farm.