Ruth has recently written an article for the NSA Sheep Farmer Magazine.
The measure of success for winter feeding is healthy ewes at the right condition score to give birth to healthy lambs, without having compromised the supply of grass post lambing. Whatever system is used, the ewes' requirments for engergy, protein and major and trace minerals must be met. These requirements vary with stage of preganancy, number of lambs and size of ewe.
When feeding sheep, it is crucial to remember they are a ruminant and most of the diet should therefore be forage - a healthy rumen means a healthy ewe. Feeding too much concentrate in one feed can cause a significant drop in rumen pH.
To read more about neonatal losses and grazing ability, please click the files below to read the article in full.
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss winter ewe nutrition, please speak to one of our vets - 01363 772860.