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Feeding the Ewe

Feed Planning

Solution name: “Feeding the ewe” – feed planning

Aim: Identify nutritional requirements of the ewe throughout her production cycle


This solution presents a series of resources available in the UK which set out the ewe nutritional requirements, simplifying feed planning.

How to implement:

“Feeding the Ewe” by AHDB provides nutritional guidance on key periods in the ewe’s production cycle:

  • Weaning – mating
  • Mating – end of third month of pregnancy
  • Final two months of pregnancy
  • Feeding period lambing- weaning (lactation)
  • Replacement ewe nutrition

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) produced a ewe nutrition timeline designed to help farmers understand the nutritional requirements of their ewes throughout the year using condition scoring to ensure their requirements are being met.

Nutritional software catered to Sheep nutrition is limited in the UK, Feedbyte® is the only rationing tool available in the UK that offers a sheep package and it is charged on an annual licence fee.

Topic: Nutrition

Production:  Meat

Animal Category: Ewe / Replacement

Issue: Knowledge of nutrition requirement (ewe) 

Level of Solution: Knowledge, Practical

Country: UK






Expected benefits

Expected benefits:

Improved planning and predictions based on science

Prerequisites and/or limits:

Feeding the ewe provides a lot of information but may not be particularly farmer friendly. Feedbyte Rationing software is not free to use and training would be required.


Cost Benefit analysis

This solution allows for a better use of feeds and efficiency, and better outcome from the animal, by helping the farmer feeding their animals based on their requirements. No waste and better outcome for the animals.

Sustainability analysis

This solution does not have any impact on fuel, electricity or water consumption, but allows for a better grazing management and feeding of the animals, with a lower reliance on bought-in concentrates. In turn, the output from the animal is potentially increasing by 10%, due to a better feed management.
The solution does not have a major impact on the global environment, apart for perhaps a reduction in disposal of plastic, as less plastic bags of concentrates are needed, since the guidelines focus on using silage and grazing instead of concentrates.


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