Broken Mouth BF Ewes

GSJC1960

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Livestock Farmer
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UK
Have bought some broken mouth Lanark ewes (straight off the hill) this year to breed some mule replacements for myself. Was planning on grazing them on good grass till around Christmas then putting them on slats till they lamb. Is this a good idea putting BF ewes on slats? Or will they die for fun lol?
 

glasshouse

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lothians
Have bought some broken mouth Lanark ewes (straight off the hill) this year to breed some mule replacements for myself. Was planning on grazing them on good grass till around Christmas then putting them on slats till they lamb. Is this a good idea putting BF ewes on slats? Or will they die for fun lol?
😂
 

GSJC1960

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Livestock Farmer
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UK
Make sure you have them eating well before housing. Beet pulp nuts or something else very palatable. Stopping them starving themselves or just “taking the huff” are the only issues with housing hill ewes! Other than that, crack on!

Start feeding a few weeks before they come then by the sound of it? I assume molasses would be a good idea too
 

Anymulewilldo

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Cheshire
Start feeding a few weeks before they come then by the sound of it? I assume molasses would be a good idea too
An excellent idea! An old boy down the village from us used too buy his draft ewes and shut them in the shed as soon as they arrived. Hay racks full of good hay and he fed them soaked beet pulp twice a day. When they started eating well he turned them out. Anything that didn’t eat pulp stayed inside until it did. Anything that didn’t start eating after a week was bounced back into our local mart on a cull day. He said “no point keeping a ewe that isn’t going too eat come February. Bound too be one carrying twins” always sounded sensible
 

puppet

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sw scotland
You have to give them some room outside to avoid too much muddy areas but I would leave them out until the grass goes and give some cake in troughs and leave some hay hecks for those which don't come forward. With some rough grass they can survive a lot.
They are designed to be outside not on slats
 
You have to give them some room outside to avoid too much muddy areas but I would leave them out until the grass goes and give some cake in troughs and leave some hay hecks for those which don't come forward. With some rough grass they can survive a lot.
They are designed to be outside not on slats
At very true saying is a sheep's worst enemy is another sheep, l would keep them outside but spread over afew field, give them some blocks or lick, as you say an old rough dry bit and they winter no bother.
 

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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