Guide for replacement nutrition at first lambing
Solution name: Guide for replacement nutrition at first lambing
Aim: Replacement feeding and management is at particular importance since it will determine lambing percentage and hence productivity. Planning and management of ewe lamb replacement feeding regime to ensure adequate nutrition requirement so that they continue to achieve live weight target and reproductive outcomes.
These guidelines will provide advice on how to meet the nutrition requirements and live weigh target of ewe lambs. Ewe replacements should be reared well and to targets if they are to be good breeding sheep. Liveweight targets based on reaching 60% of mature body weight at mating as a ewe lamb (7 months) or 80% as a two-tooth (18 months) have proved useful.
Targets for rearing replacements: Ewe replacements should be reared well and to targets if they are to be good breeding sheep. Liveweight targets based on reaching 60% of mature body weight (MBWT) at mating as a ewe lamb (7 months) or 80% as a two-tooth (18 months) have proved useful.
Production: Dairy / Meat
Animal Category: Replacement
Issue: Growth targets for 1st lambing at 1 year of age
Level of Solution: Knowledge
How to implement it
The booklet from Meat promotion Wales “feeding the ewe for lifetime production” and “Sheep Nutrition Fact Sheet” provides advice on ewe replacement nutrition and other factors such as managing nutrition for lifetime period.
Improved replacement performance and more profit.
Prerequisites and/or limits
Advice will depend on farmer’s situation, husbandry system, climatic factors, breeds but the principles can still be applied on managing proper nutrition for replacements.