We are also selecting from the more prolific ewes
whilst choosing replacement ewe
lambs to increase our lambing percentage.
But a short time later they ran to the house and told him the ewe
- named Blodwyn in deference to her Welsh roots - had given birth to another two.
After a short while in the shed, it will be time to let the ewes
out with their new lambs and so lambing time is a sure sign that winter is passing and we will soon be looking forward to spring.
Eighty-five days (P85) after the start of the breeding period, 200 mixed aged (3 to 5 years) twin-bearing Romney ewes
were selected from a commercial flock after pregnancy diagnosis.
A benefit of using this technology is being able to determine pregnancy status during the early stages of pregnancy (35 days), the ability to identify the number of lambs a ewe
is carrying and the sex and viability of each lamb.
lambs sold to pounds 96 for the first prize pen of 40 from Gwyn Jones, Nant Gwyn, Eglwysbach.
In a study by Taylor, the wheat co-product, which is rich in a different form of selenium--selenomethionine, was included in the diets fed to some ewes
during their last 40 to 50 days of pregnancy.
He believes the secret of having five lambs could be in the breeding, as the ewe
had been artificially impregnated with semen from a "famous sheep".
These include chlamydia, toxoplasmosis and listeriosis, which are common causes of abortion in ewes
To obtain an improved race of fine-fibered sheep, workers at Monte Dinero--literally, Mount Money--artificially inseminate select ewes
with semen from prize-winning rams from Australia and other far-flung spots.
Latest MLC forecasts indicate slightly heavier slaughterings of ewes
this year than in 1999.
He runs 2,900 Scotch Mule, Suffolk and Texel cross Mule ewes
on his Marchynys farm at Penmynydd, focusing on maximising profit.
Researchers from the University of Warwick scored nearly 5,000 pedigree and commercial ewes
at four weeks before lambing and nine weeks after giving birth over two breeding seasons, looking at teat position, teat angle and udder drop.
ADAS sheep specialist Kate Phillips insists that getting ewes
into the right condition before they go to the ram must be a priority for lamb producers.
They were put to 80 Welsh Mountain ewes
and the resulting ewe
lambs were sold at the Llangollen field sale for pounds 4/17/6.