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Guidelines on milk/grass transition

Lamb Transition Management
Solution name: Guidelines on milk/grass transition

Aim: Planning and management of lamb feeding regime to ensure adequate transition between milk and grass, so that they continue to achieve target live weight gains after weaning.

Description:

These guidelines provide advice on when to wean. This will be dependent on several factors such as grass availability, ewe body condition, rearing of multiples and target lamb market sale.

How to implement:

The booklet from AHDB “growing and finishing lambs for Better returns” provides advice on managing the transition and other factors such as importance of minimising stress during this period. There is also advice on creep feeding and what situations this would be advantageous to provide creep feeding.

https://www.fas.scot/article/weaning-strategies-to-reduce-stress-in-sheep/

https://www.fas.scot/article/should-you-wean-lambs-early/

https://www.fas.scot/article/creep-feeding-lambs/

https://ahdb.org.uk/knowledge-library/growing-and-finishing-lambs-for-better-returns

Topic: Nutrition

Production:  Meat/Dairy

Animal Category: Lamb

Issue: Post weaning management: adaptation to new feedingregime (lamb)

Level of Solution: Knowledge

Country: UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Expected benefits
Expected benefits: Improved lamb performance and high live weight gains. Reduction in weaning check during this period of transition.

Prerequisites and/or limits: Advice will depend on individual’s situation/ climatic factors but the principles can still be applied on managing transition.

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