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February update

I am going to work sheep & beef into this topic.  Sometimes some people tend to wonder if mineral is important.  I hear the phrase, I never feed it & have no trouble, don’t need it.  Then it happens & bang, everything goes off the rail, but why?  Well lots of reasons, but quality of hay could be one. You know the "I didn`t get any rain on it”, but you cut it in July.  Anyone that monitors sheep mineral will tell you that when a ewe gets close to lambing her intake goes up by close to 4x’s—pretty huge.

     Why the benefits at this time? If you have had retained placentas, sluggish lambs and calves or are falling behind on your breeding, the first spot I would look is mineral.

     Now as for blocks, I am not trying to discourage blocks, they are easy & can have some protein & be a cheap option, but from 6 weeks before calving or lambing till after breeding, blocks will let you down. Think about how many times they have to lick that block to get enough to meet their needs, tongue would get sore first.

     I learned some phrases on my trip to Jamaica.  We are tired of winter—Ya Mon!  Spring comes early—Ya Mon & if you have any questions at anytime NO PROBLEM Mon!

September update

 

     Prices are creeping up mostly because I have no finished lambs to sell myself right now.  But on that note, if you have some that will be in the 80lb range in October, please contact me as I have a customer that is looking for some.

     Creep those lambs early with Lambena.  Fastest growth you will ever put on your lambs, and it will pay you back

 

april update

SHEEP MEETING

Wed., April 24th starting @ 7pm- Registration @ 6:30

Hastings Civic Centre- 6 Albert St. E., top of hill (Hwy 45)

Guest Speakers

D. Kennedy - OMARFA Sheep Specialist- Topic - Fertility & Factors Affecting It

D. Benschop - Agribrands Purina Canada -Topic - Nutrition for Sheep

For more information on the meeting, please contact your Sales Rep or one of our

locations.

 

december update

I remember two and a half years ago when I warned sheep producers that when I got in it would go south, and 2012 was that year. Prices were strong in the first part of the year, but since May, the wheels have fallen off. Even this close to Christmas, they have not responded. Why, is anyone's guess, but the fact is with hay being worth so much, it is a hard go. Feet issues were big this year as well with a lot of my producers. I do know that with Zinc Sulphate and the dreaded foot bath, you can get it cleared up, but it is work for sure. Yeah, half my customers thinking right now—Shawn does work? and your right, Gail does most of it.

 

april update

A lot of producers have lambs on the ground or are lambing now. I would like to take time to go over some facts.

Mineral - If you think you do not need it you're fooling yourself. In the years I have watched this and asked customers, why is it that a ewe getting ready to lamb will take more mineral than a dry ewe? Why is it that older lambs will eat some mineral even if they have creep feed? Why is it that producers who feed a higher selenium level in their mineral do not needle lambs at birth - myself included?

COSTS

I have heard some producers are talking about running lambs on pasture into fall before selling them off. Every producer has their way as long as it works for them. I figure that every day they stay around is one more day for predator or something else to happen to them. I also feel that a young lamb is a better lamb to eat and hopefully buyers will think so too.

Here is my cost breakdown-

- Based on $240 corn, $120 per tonne hay, $200 oats, supp $700.

- Having twins makes you more money ( I know, a no brainer)

- Lactating ration 50-60 day approx. $.48/day $28 (note fed the same with 1, 2 or 3 lambs)

- Creep feeding 30 day approx. $.26/day $ 7.80

- Feeder lambs from 70 days on $.37/day $11.10

- At day 100 had 65-85lb lambs Total $46.90

Lambs sold for $180 ?$ 46.90 =133.10

We bought everything for this trial and I am doing it again right now. Lambs avg. between .65lbs and 1.20 lbs per day. If you have on farm hay and grain your numbers will be better. I bought wrapped hay at 19%.

This is just some info that I have worked on in the last 2 years. Your numbers on this program might not be the same, but hopefully this will get you thinking moving forward.

 

february update

Lambing will and already has been in full swing and will continue all spring. It is important to make sure they get off to a good start. Mineral is an important factor. Making sure your ewes are getting enough mineral has a big impact on lively lambs. Another important factor is getting colostrum into the lambs. For a little over $2 per lamb you can give colostrum to help build immunity in your lambs. All stores carry a dry product that contains vitamins and immunoglobulins. With the good price of lambs, a little protection can help the profit column. Shawn

 

 

 

 

november update

More and more there are small flocks of sheep and goats in our area. We are helping bigger flocks move forward to make money. We can help small ones as well. Through breeding season as well into lambing we can provide a feeding program to help you get the most out of your ewes.

 

March update

We now have access to a small Ruminate Calculator.  This gives us the ability to balance your ration for all stages of growth and lactation.  This is beneficial for aggressive producers who want to get the most out of their ewes.  We also carry Lambena for a complete creep or Pur-a-lamb for a protein supplement.  Need help, give Jake or me a call.