Sheep eating lucerne from a ring feeder on Antony Pearce's farm©Antony Pearce
Opting to feed lucerne at lambing is helping cut feed costs and reduce the stress of running an early-lambing flock for one Buckinghamshire farmer. High rates of pregnancy toxaemia drove Antony Pearce, of Moat Farm, Stoke Mandeville, to consider a forage-based system using smaller ewes, which brought a 40% reduction in feed costs. For the first time this year, he sustained twin-bearing Aberfield ewes with lucerne, offering a grass hay ration to ewes with singles. Feeding 18% protein lucerne has […]