Tupping can be considered as one of the most critical times of the sheep production cycle, setting the standard for a healthy lamb crop five months down the line.
The main aim at tupping time is to maximise ovulation rate and conception, which impacts on the number of lambs sold per ewe which has a direct effect on profitability.
It is well known that ewe body condition score has a profound effect on breeding success, which ultimately relies on getting nutrition right not just before, but also after mating. The current recommended optimal condition score for hill and lowland ewes is is 3.0 and 3.5 respectively, which should be maintained in the first 5 to 6 weeks after tupping, and don’t forget the rams who should start the season with a BCS of 3.4 – 4.Providing a high energy lick such as Sheep Natural Energy, containing high quality natural protein, will help support ewe fertility and tupping success, which will influence overall lamb output further down the line
The product also contains a range of essential minerals including; selenium to support fertility, iodine to support foetal development and cobalt to support fertility and lamb vigor plus vitamins required for good reproductive performance, in addition to fish oil which helps support ovulation and potential pregnancy rates.
Supporting tupping success with Sheep Natural Energy:
Studies have shown that treating with Eprinomectin can increase milk yield by more than 2 litres per cow per day.
Treating with Eprinomectin increases grazing for up to 50 minutes longer following treatment.
Around calving time: The transition from late gestation to early lactation is when the cow’s nutritional demands are at their highest. Treating with Eprinomectin will maximise DMI intake at this crucial time; potentially improving fertility and milk production.3
Treating cows against worms is vital in the run-up to winter housing, as this can weaken a cow’s ability to fend off other housing-related illnesses, such as pneumonia.
1 M. Reist, T. D. E. Medjitna, U. Braun, K. Pster, The Veterinary Record, September 28, 2002, p377 – 379.
2 Forbes, A.B. Huckle C.A. & Gibb M.J. (2004). Impact of Eprinomectin on grazing behaviour and performance in dairy cattle with sub-clinical gastrointestinal nematode infections under continuous stocking management. Veterianry Parasitology, 125, p353-364.
3. Forbes, A.B., Huckle, C.A. & Gibb, M.J., (2004). Impact of eprinomectin on grazing behaviour and performance in dairy cattle with sub-clinical gastrointestinal nematode infections under continuous stocking management. Veterinary Parasitology, 125, p353-364.
Epricert contains eprinomectin, POM-VPS. For further information see the SPC, farmers should contact their animal medicines supplier SQP, veterinary surgeon or Downland Marketing Ltd, 15 Victoria Place, Carlisle, CA1 1EW. Use medicines responsibly: www.noah.co.uk/responsible.