Boosting ewe nutrition vital before breeding

Paul Elwood of HVS Animal Health
Paul Elwood of HVS Animal Health

Improving efficiency, in terms of producing more lambs per ewe, will deliver real financial benefits for local sheep producers.

In this context, research, backed up with farm experience throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland, has confirmed the absolute necessity of getting the ewe’s nutrition correct in the run up to breeding, in order to maximise her fertility levels.

“The recent wet weather and the threat of more to come over the coming week or so will put pressure on ewes from a nutritional point of view and particularly where trace mineral and vitamins are concerned,” explained Paul Elwood of HVS Animal Health.

“On farm experience here in Northern Ireland confirms that drenching ewes three weeks prior to tupping with 20 mls of HVS Liquid Gold Sheep will help to significantly improve fertility. Moreover, treated ewes will have a significantly tighter lambing period next spring.

“Breeding rams should also be dosed with HVS Liquid Gold Sheep preferably three to six weeks before the breeding season, to improve overall health status, but especially fertility.”

Paul pointed out that the HVS Liquid Gold range, will supply all the micro minerals and essential vitamins required by both ewes and lambs.

“And because it is in drench form, flock owners will know exactly how much of the product each ewe received.”

He continued: “The products represent the next generation in chelated mineral and vitamin drenches.

“Increasingly, farmers must seek to maximise the performance of their livestock. The HVS Liquid Gold range has been developed to meet this specific requirement.”

Where sheep are concerned Liquid Gold can be used pre tupping and pre lambing to help improve lambing percentages, reduce the number of barren ewes within a flock and to tighten up lambing dates.

Liquid Gold Sheep contains a range of organic, chelated minerals and vitamins. It has been formulated to ensure that ewes receive the correct balance of micronutrients in a form which can be easily taken up and delivered quickly to their sites of action within the body. Significantly, zinc, manganese and copper made available solely in a chelated form.

“The profitability of lamb production is inextricably linked to ewe fertility,” concluded Mr Elwood.

“With all input costs on the rise, there is even greater pressure to maximise performance per ewe this year. And the commitment to getting this right must start with the proper preparation of the ewe prior to tupping. It is in this context that HVS Liquid Gold Sheep can play an important role within all flocks.”

For further information, telephone HVS Animal Health on 028 4483 1700.