High-quality ewes milk for high-quality lambs

Type Article
Original languageEnglish
JournalFarming Connect
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
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Abstract

As many sheep farmers already know, there is a direct connection between the quality of the ewe’s milk and the quality of the lambs produced. A good supply of quality colostrum and milk is vital for efficient production and lamb survival. Pregnancy and birth are a challenging time for the ewe as feed intake decreases in the weeks leading up to birth, yet the demand for nutrients is higher than ever. For optimum performance it is important to provide good quality feed of the correct type and according to the ewe’s litter size, body condition score and breed.

Keywords

  • Sheep, ewe, ewes, sheep milk, milk, lambs, lambing, colostrum, body condition score, survival, udder, teat, conformation