Twin and triplet carrying ewes need TLC now!

Paul Elwood and his daughters left to right: Faith, Grace and Naomi with the first of this year's lamb crop
Paul Elwood and his daughters left to right: Faith, Grace and Naomi with the first of this year's lamb crop

Reports that significant numbers of heavy pregnant ewes have gone down over recent days, have prompted HVS Animal Health to remind flock owners of the need to implement a fit-for-purpose pre lambing management programme.

“In many ways this can be looked upon as a good news story,” explained the company’s Paul Elwood.

“The reality is that many flock owners can look forward to the prospect of record lamb crops this year.

“Ewes went to the tip last back-end in perfect condition; fertility levels were high with the result that many are now carrying twins and triplets, rather than singles. All the scanning data collected over the past number of weeks confirms this assertion. The challenge at farm level is to convert all of this potential into extra numbers of healthy lambs on the ground this spring.”

Paul went on to point out that scanning will allow flock owners to identify ewes carrying singles, twins and triplets.

“These can then be separated and fed accordingly,” he continued.

Paul went on to point out that the most effective way of maximising lambing and weaning percentages within flocks this year is to drench ewes with HVS Liquid Gold Sheep prior to lambing.

“The reality is that an animal can only perform to the level of the greatest deficiency or imbalance in its diet. All forage based diets contain imbalances and consequently most stock never exceed 75% of their genetic potential in terms of growth, fertility, development of immunity etc,” he said.

For trace elements to be available to stock, they must be of high quality and must link up with one or more amino acids or peptides in the rumen, prior to being absorbed through the gut wall into the blood stream. Stock are not ideally equipped to effect this “link up” and a significant proportion of trace elements and vitamins supplied in conventional form, pass straight through the body and are excreted.

Paul Elwood again:“It is for this reason that ewes respond so well to HVS Liquid Gold Sheep, our proven trace mineral and vitamin drench. Over the past number of years local flock owners found that ewes drenched with Liquid Gold Sheep give birth to lambs with more vigour.

“Problems associated with retained cleaning are also dramatically reduced.

“The Liquid Gold range represents the next generation in chelated mineral and vitamin drenches.

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

HVS Liquid Gold Sheep given as a single 20 mls dose per ewe four to six weeks pre pre lambing, usually timed to coincide with a pre lambing vaccination.

Ewes or lambs in poor condition can be given Liquid Gold Sheep at any stage, as a tonic with remarkable results, illustrating the benefits of it’s unique formulation.

“For those lambs already born, it’s not too late!

“Liquid Gold Sheep can also be given to lambs, from four weeks of age onwards a 5mls dose, for improved daily live weight gain, improved thrive and finishing times,” Paul Elwood concluded.

For further information contact HVS Animal Health Tel 028 44831700.