It’s three weeks till lambing kicks off as I write this, and I must quickly surrender the eight hours of sleep I like a lot.
Having mentioned that, although, it’s my favorite time of 12 months. I completely find it irresistible.
We even have about 55 cows because of begin calving any second, too – though that could be a far decrease upkeep affair than lambing.
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The ewes are all at the moment nonetheless out, with one mob of twins grazing some winter wheat. Yep, you guessed it – one other thought I picked up from social media.
I do know that you simply shouldn’t consider all the pieces you see on good outdated Face-ache and Instagram, however there’s no hurt in making an attempt, proper?
In any case, the oilseed rape has fared properly from being grazed.
It was a very lush crop, and the ewes did an incredible job of eradicating a variety of the fungal illness that will undoubtedly thrive after such a light winter.
In addition to our normal 300 breeding ewes, we’re lambing a small handful of ewe lambs this 12 months.
Since returning dwelling, I’ve been given a reasonably free rein with the sheep and I’m transferring in direction of a self-replacing flock.
We’ve run North Nation Mules for so long as I can keep in mind, they usually’ve been nice – maternal, low-cost to maintain, and throwing a half-decent lamb when put to a terminal sire.
However following a number of years of rife lameness, the biosecurity challenges of shopping for in replacements are onerous to disregard.
In autumn 2020, we purchased some Lleyn ewes, after which a number of extra final autumn.
Whereas I’m not satisfied that they’re the right match for our system, I reckon they’re a superb place to begin.
I pulled out 30-something of final 12 months’s ewe lambs to tup and am happy that they’ve scanned spot-on at 100% – that features seven barren and 7 twins, although (we’re not that good!).
So if anyone is aware of of a breed of sheep that religiously scans at 200%, lambs on her personal, produces a first-rate market lamb that finishes off everlasting pasture and by no means, ever goes lame, hit me up.
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