What is pre-Tupping?

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What is pre-Tupping?

A highly concentrated Vitamin, Trace Element and Chelated Mineral Supplement for sheep and goats. By including all round higher levels of nutrients than similar products and recommending drenching every 4-6 weeks Pre-Tupping may help to maintain the wellbeing of ewes, lambs and tups, thus ensuring optimum performance.

What to give ewes pre-Tupping?

You can feed a high energy, 16-18 per cent protein ration at 0.75 kg per head per day and graze on good swards. Aim for a body score of 4 pre-tupping. You don’t want to feed a ewe ration to rams as high levels can cause urinary calculi.

What is Tupping in sheep?

A tup is a male sheep. A tup is also known as a “ram”, but in Scotland the word “tup” is used more commonly.

What weight should ewe lambs be for Tupping?

“It’s not a difficult target. Mule ewe lambs should weigh about 45kg at tupping, continental crosses 48kg and Lleyns 36kg. It’s important to bear in mind that puberty occurs at a combination of age and weight.”

How do you prepare sheep for Tupping?

Preparation for Tupping: How to achieve a high lambing yield

  1. Keep a healthy flock. Poor nutrition and body condition affect ovulation rate, which means fewer lambs are born.
  2. Ensure good health status.
  3. Monitor trends each season.

What is sheep Flushing?

Flushing – is it good practice? Although flushing by feeding a high plane of nutrition just before mating was traditionally applied to all sheep, it is actually only a short-term fix when ewes fail to reach their target body condition for mating, explains Dr Genever.

What protein do sheep need?

Good-quality forage and pasture generally provide adequate protein for mature, nongrowing, nonlactating sheep. A minimum of 7% dietary crude protein is needed for maintenance in most sheep.

What’s the best feed for sheep?

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Sheep make excellent use of high-quality roughage stored either as hay or low-moisture, grass-legume silage or occasionally chopped green feed. Good-quality hay or stored forage is a highly productive feed; poor-quality forage, no matter how much is available, is suitable only for maintenance.

What should I look for when buying a sheep?

Tips for Buying Lambs

  • Avoid Auction Animals. Don’t buy sheep on a sale!
  • Visit the Farm.
  • Check Eyes and Feet.
  • Get a Breeding History if Possible.
  • Find Out the Reason for Selling.
  • Examine the Backbones, Ribs, and Hips.
  • Check the Udders, Wool, and Teeth.

How old are sheep when they have their first lamb?

Ewe lambs are fertile by seven months of age and should lamb by one year. Exceptions are ewe lambs born out-of-season, which may not lamb until 15 to 18 months of age, or some slower-maturing breeds (e .

How can I increase my sheep fertility?

4 simple ways to improve ewe fertility

  1. Keep bodyweight in check. Healthy bodyweight is a crucial for healthy fertility.
  2. Scan during pregnancy. Scanning your sheep during pregnancy will tell you how many lambs the ewe is carrying, which will help you plan each ewe’s diet.
  3. Control disease.
  4. Keep the best flock.

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