The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have issued advice for sheep farmers this lambing season.
They shared this advice on their website on how to achieve good birth weight in lambs.
The nutrition of ewes in the last three weeks of pregnancy influences the quality and survivability of lambs after birth. This means ration quality should always come before price. Crude protein gives an indication of overall protein content but does not tell you anything about the protein source.
High quality rations are generally cereal based and contain high quality protein sources such as soya bean meal. Soya bean meal is the preferred protein source particularly in the last two to three weeks prior to lambing.
A high quality protein improves udder development, foetal growth and colostrum quality and ensures that adequate birth weights and survivability are achieved. On a well managed sheep farm good lamb birth weights result in heavier weaning weights.
Feeding high quality protein rations in last two to three weeks before lambing, improves lamb survival.