Dairy or/and meat sheep: Meat
Source of information: Industry, Association, Local Departments of Agr.
Level of solution: Knowledge
Aim: To benefit more efficient from communal rangelands and pastures for a better lamb production
- A booklet explain results of overgrazing in communal rangelands and its effect to flock’s nutrition management for a whole year period.
- Video for grazing rules and its effect for the holistic production will be distributed to Breeders Associations for them to show in their local events.
- Key note how and when to start grazing for lambs for different regions, cope with weaning stress
- A technical note on feed related diarrhea and how to switch feeding from indoor to outdoor, rotational grazing
- Key practices focus on the grazing during pre-mating, gestation, lambing and post lambing
Expected benefits: Better grassland management will improve flock’s nutritive requirement and therefore reduce lamb loses.
Prerequisites and/or limits:
- Moderate understanding of environment and weaning principles is essential
- Farmers need to know overgrazing results and learn how to benefit from grasslands more efficiently with basic techniques
- Requires frequent training and time spending with farmers for feed regime changes
- They need to understand bad management of natural resource =no animal=no food
Hinch et al 2013. Effects of three whole farmlet management systems on Merino fat scores and reproduction. Animal Production Science 53, 740-749; Keady et al., 2009. An evaluation of two grassland systems of mid-season lamb production using prolific ewes of two genotypes. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 48, 87-101;
Tips & Tricks:
|Benefit expected||Increase productivity
better feed management
|Is the solution suitable for various production systems||Y||Meat|
|If no – for which system|
|What are the asset costs||?|
|What are the maintenance costs||?|
|Any limits to its applicability|
|How much time is required to prepare and implement the solution||>=1week|
|How many people is needed to implement the solution?||1 person|
|How long it takes to get results?||>=1week|
|How long it takes to see an effect on sheep productivity?||current production period|
|What kind of equipment/tool are necessary?||?|
|Does the solution need any specific skill/knowledge or training?||yes|
|How much time will be required for training||1 week|
|Is there any particular regulation link to the solution?||no|
|Does the solution need any particular structure or organisation?||no|