Condition scoring is a useful management tool,which can help to improve flock performance. Typically lowland ewes should be condition score 3 and hill ewes at 2.5 - 3. Don't forget the ram who is equally important and should be at condition score 3.5 - 4.  

Condition scoring is a useful management tool,which can help to improve flock performance. Typically lowland ewes should be condition score 3 and hill ewes at 2.5 - 3. Don't forget the ram who is equally important and should be at condition score 3.5 - 4.  This helps to produce optimum lambing rates, lambing percentage and higher lamb birth weights by encouraging placental development, whilst allowing the ewes to lay down sufficient body reserves for use during pregnancy.

The nutritional recommendations for energy during tupping double and there is also a requirement for essential minerals, vitamins and trace elements which aid fertility and embryo survival.

Ewes need to be free from nutritional, social and climatic stress before, during and for the first 30 days after tupping to enable the embryos to safely attach to the placenta. It is during this period that 15-30% of eggs may be lost, meaning lamb losses and smaller lambs at birth.

We have a number of pre-tupping supplements available to suit every suitation, please contact the Mineral Clinic or your local representative for your free copy of our Tupping Time leaflet.