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Careful feed and nutrition management in the flock is essential to control a ewe’s body condition score and ensure she produces adequate colostrum for her lambs. See the latest in grazing management and advice on rations formulated from a balance of protein, energy and supplements.

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GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How Oxfordshire sheep farmers cut cost of production by 12%

Access to cover crops for winter grazing on nearby arable land has resulted in a 10% uplift in lambing percentage and helped to reduce finishing times by three weeks at…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How sheep farmers can protect next year's grass covers

Closing 20% of sheep pasture in late October, rising to 80% by mid-December, will provide sufficient grass covers for grazing next spring, despite difficult growing conditions this year. Sheep grazing…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How a sheep farmer increased grass stocking rates sixfold

Sussex sheep farmer Jeremy West has increased stocking rates sixfold by using temporary grass leys. Since coming out of Higher level Stewardship (HSL) last year, he is integrating temporary grass…

SHEEP

How a Welsh hill flock improved market returns and cut costs

Making sweeping changes to management systems on a hard hill farm was out of the question for the Jones family when considering how to add value to their flock. Instead…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

How sheep farmer finishes and sells lambs in five months

March-born lambs reared on a dense clover ley at Duncan Nelless’ 566ha mixed organic farm achieve liveweight gains of 400g/day and the whole crop is sold within five months. Thistleyhaugh…

SHEEP

FW Awards: Sheep Farmer of the Year finalists 2018

Each of the three finalists in the 2018 Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year category are well-positioned to meet the challenges of Brexit. They have developed profitable and sustainable…

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FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on feeding pregnant ewes when winter fodder low

When there is pressure on flocks from a limited grazing season and subsequent winter fodder deficits, planning the feeding and management of pregnant ewes is more critical than ever during…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How sheep farmers can protect next year's grass covers

Closing 20% of sheep pasture in late October, rising to 80% by mid-December, will provide sufficient grass covers for grazing next spring, despite difficult growing conditions this year. Sheep grazing…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice for flushing ewes with low body condition score

Sheep farmers are advised to assess ewe body condition now and act to rectify any with a score lower than 3, after initial results from AHDB project flocks revealed a…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How to deal with mineral deficiency when rain follows drought

Drought-like conditions in the summer cause numerous issues for livestock farmers, not least the concern of potential forage shortages later in the year. Producers also need to be aware of…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Sheep health and nutrition tips in a heatwave

So far, the hot, dry summer, especially after a tough spring, is making it difficult for sheep producers to get lambs fit and off farm while keeping ewes in good…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Guide to feed planning and forage for finishing lambs

Too many sheep farms fail to produce a plan for finishing lambs, missing opportunities to maximise returns for the current crop and jeopardising ewe condition ahead of the next, says…

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Better silage allows for soya strategy at lambing

Producing an 11ME silage can allow ewes to be fed a sixth of the amount of feed three weeks pre-lambing through supplementing rumen-protected soya, saving £3-£12 a ewe. This is…

Alternative ewe protein offers cost-effective solution

Sheep farmers looking to top up protein in late-pregnancy ewe diets can use alternatives to soya without affecting animal performance. According to a project funded by Eblex, HCC, Adas and…