A good basis for the farm's success
Traditionally sheep milk production follows an annual cycle based on the opening period of milk production (beginning of November to the end of August). Reproduction is, therefore, characterised by a single lambing per campaign in the autumn. With a gestation period of 5 months, mating (fertilisation) starts in June/July for adults and one month later for the "ewe lambs" which are then 8 months old. Lambing for the ewes therefore takes place in the autumn and in December/January for the ewe lambs. On average ewes give birth to one or two lambs which will be suckled during the first months of life. Then the ewes return to milk production.
The key points for nutrition
A barren ewe causes a loss of earnings estimated at €80 minimum per year so the success of fertilisation is essential. As well as strict management of culling to limit infertile females, preparation for mating is a key step. The role of the ram, often minimised, is nevertheless as important as that of the ewe. If the time taken for the spermatozoids to mature is taken into account, a mineral and vitamin preparation should be envisaged 2 months before the start of mating. The total mortality rate for farmed lambs is in the order of 20 %. Loss of earnings is evident and the negative impact on the farmer's morale is considerable. In order to benefit from the immunity delivered by the colostrum the lamb must drink a sufficient quantity of it in the very first hours of its life.
Neolait offers various nutritional solutions :
- Mineraux : success in gestation and covering requirements.
- GarolaxTM: energy supplements for preparation for mating (ewes and rams).
- Néolysa™: stimulates starting production.
- Nutritional solutions: provision of vitamins and trace elements to provide safe lambing. Colostrum supplements.
- Teravie™: fertilisation supplements.