Give lambs the best start with StockMins-EweLamLac

The profitability of high performance sheep production systems depends on targeting those management practices that are cost effective and will improve lamb survival. Poor survival of newborn lambs is a major source of lost productivity in breeding enterprises where lambing percentages of 110–130% born can result in a marking percentage of 70–90%. Most of these losses are associated with poor ewe nutrition during pregnancy(1).

Interestingly, most lamb loss occurs in the first three days after birth, so reducing lamb losses must focus on factors that can improve survival of newborn lambs. During late pregnancy and early lactation the lamb is entirely dependent on the ewe to provide essential vitamins and minerals for growth and development. Calcium in particular is in high demand for bone development, peaking when the lamb is 10-days of age(1).

Given this, ewe condition at lambing is the most important determinant of lamb survival. In order to maintain good ewe condition and ensure lambs are healthy at birth, improving ewe nutrition and the provision of essential minerals and vitamins is key to this process.

The eight-week period surrounding late pregnancy and early lactation can be the most stressful and physically taxing period in a ewe’s life. The physical demands on the ewe, including developing a rapidly growing foetus and milk production to feed the newborn lamb expend mineral, vitamin and energy stores essential for ewe maintenance and lamb development.

With so much demand of minerals, trace elements and vitamins for the ewe, a complete and balanced supplement of available minerals (not just Magnesium Oxide) is paramount to optimum production. StockMins-EweLamLac, designed by a fully qualified, local ruminant nutritionist caters for these production requirements and more.

References
1 http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/sheep/sheep-notes-ne...).