The ewes are due any day now, thinking about two weeks out...
Recently I have adjusted their meal plan..Added cracked corn.
It is important to keep the girls healthy and making sure they are getting the right feed supplements for them and their lambs.
For about 3 weeks now they have been getting hay, all stock feed, and cracked corn and of course they are still picking in the field and the mineral block.
The reason behind this is cracked corn is supposed to help:
Prevent Toxemia its basically like pre-eclampsia, we want to do everything we can to prevent if we can
Prevent low lamb birthrates- we don't need the lambs to big or small- just healthy and strong
Prevent weak lambs at birth- we want them strong and healthy
Prevent low milk production- important for the ewe to produce enough milk for their lamb/s. Of course I'll take a bottle baby but would prefer the lamb to get its milk supply from its mom!
Prevent sickness in lambs- important to have healthy lambs, it is often hard to treat an animal when it is first born. We just have to do everything we can if that is the case
When having an animal that is expecting it is very important that you take the extra steps to make sure the animal has the nutrients they need for not only them but their offspring.
Hey, it's me again Catlin. Just wanted to give you a little more detail about what my plan is for " A Growers Granddaughters" blog. My intention is to keep you up to date on my life adventures in agriculture such as research projects, a little gardening, and my grandads farm,Lively H, which inspired me to pursue a career in agriculture. This blog is not only for you to read but also see all the behind the scenes on the farm, and educate you more on agriculture topics. If you have any questions, please comment, or email me, If there is a topic in agriculture you are unsure about, shoot me and email.