Lamb Production

Maximising lamb percentages is focus of SheepConnect SA webinar

Sheep Central, March 8, 2021

CHALLENGES and solutions to maximising lambing percentages this season will be covered in a SheepConnect SA webinar this week.

NeXtgen Agri consultant Darren Gordon will discuss strategies to maximise the number of lambs dropped, lamb survival and marking percentages in the webinar on 10 March from 8pm AEST.

Mr Gordon said the SheepConnect SA webinar would discuss condition scoring, scanning and separating ewes based on results, worming strategies, mob size and paddock selection.

“But if you don’t scan you can’t do any of the above very well.”

He said still only 30-40 percent of Australian sheep producers pregnancy scanned their ewes to determine which ewes were carrying multiple or single lambs.

Sheep producers are invited to participate in the webinar regardless of their lambing date, he said.

He said there will be a segment on the body condition and energy requirements of pregnant ewes at the various stages of pregnancy.

Sheep producers have faced several challenges this year, including high worm numbers, which has highlighted the need for good control strategies, especially for pregnant ewes, he said.

“That might mean the use of capsules in twinning ewes or maidens, but one of the biggest things will be knowing the history of your lambing paddock.

“If they had a high worm burden last year and we haven’t had a kill ….”

To register for the webinar click here.

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