Scanning 2021

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Scanned ewes today and numbers are up about 5% on last year.

But 12% are triplets with a few quads mixed in.

Outdoor lambing flock and triplets are a pain really.

How are others scans?

Scanner man said been mixed, some about same as last year but a few back, one place 25% back for some reason.
 

Spartacus

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Lancaster
Not mine but was speaking to someone that was well down, a lot of singles in chev mules, put it down to the lack of grass due to drought when the tups were in.
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Only done a small january bunch but they were 10% down and nothing served first cycle 🤷🏻‍♂️
A lot of people 10-20% down with their February lambers though
 

JohnAC

Member
Livestock Farmer
182 scanned last week mostly easycares a few mules (about 16) over all 193% 9 empty witch would be more than normal but will scan them with the ewe lambs in January
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
We are slightly down from the last few years but more than happy also the tups only came out couple of days before scanning so out of the 14 barren usually half of them are in lamb when we scan the ewe lambs in jan
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Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
Normally about 220% I think. Last year was 5 triplets, 13 twins and 2 singles. The only thing I can put the increase down to is they ran on old permanent grass all summer then came home mid sept onto decent grass.
I had a bunch of 500 mules that I kept on 2 year ago old haylage all summer until 4 weeks before tups went a couple of years ago, I flushed them on dairy grass and they scanned at 245%!
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
The problem with going over 195% is you tend to have more triplets than singles, had this a few years ago where we had 194% but the split was all over the place, something like 30% triplets, 20% singles and 50% twins, it was a lot of extra work adopting triplets off etc. far easier with 60% twins, 25% singles and 15% triplets
 

exmoor dave

Member
Location
exmoor, uk
183%
Best scan for about 8yrs on the early flock, been around 145- 160%- that flock is really effected by our usual dry summers, but we've had a good growing summer here this year, made hell of a difference.

Also about 1/4 of the ewes were pulled out the main flock and moved to the earlies, so lambed last april, weaned early aug, back to ram early sept, they scanned just as well!
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
183%
Best scan for about 8yrs on the early flock, been around 145- 160%- that flock is really effected by our usual dry summers, but we've had a good growing summer here this year, made hell of a difference.

Also about 1/4 of the ewes were pulled out the main flock and moved to the earlies, so lambed last april, weaned early aug, back to ram early sept, they scanned just as well!

who scans yours? My chap comes from not far from you.
 

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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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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