19 January 1996

Shear fat ewes

FAT ewes eat less due to heat stress and are therefore suffer more metabolic diseases at lambing, says Dr Elwyn Rees, ADAS.

This year many spring lambers are in good condition due to the flush of autumn grass.

Dr Rees therefore suggests some producers consider shearing at housing to prevent cases of pregnancy toxemia. "In some cases it does make sense to shear fat ewes because their feed intake will then increase," he says. "But it is important to avoid turning them out until two months post-shearing when the fleece should be at least half an inch long."