Autumn 

Mary

Inverness 

Old House 

Inverness 

Lambing

This month our merino ewes should lamb. They were joined with Border Leicester [12] rams approximately five months ago.

Sheep

Cattle eating lucerne hay, Merino ewes in the background.

[1]     Australian Border Leicester Association. Why Border Leicester? http://www.borderleicester.com.au/#!why-borders/cee5. Accessed: 2016-7-28.

[2]     Wikipedia contributors. Border Leicester sheep. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Border_Leicester_sheep&oldid=732158075, 30 July 2016. Accessed: 2016-8-9.

Border Leicester Sheep

Waiting to return to ByChance.

Rams Waiting to return to ByChance.

Border Leicester sheep (1,2) were imported to Australia in 1871, where they now have a large number of stud flocks. Border Leicester rams are used for mating with Merino ewes to breed the first-cross mothers that are so valuable for the production of prime lambs. Border Leicester Merino cross ewes produced in this way offer the greatest overall performance when breeding meat type sheep, with a well proportioned carcase, high fertility, good foraging ability and good milk production.

Border Leicester Merino cross ewes are mated to shortwool rams (e.g. Poll Dorset or Southdown) to produce prime lambs, which grow rapidly to market weights and have the ideal carcase shape. The vast majority of Australian lambs produced for meat are bred in this manner.[3]” (1)

[1]     Australian Border Leicester Association. Why border leicesters? http://www.borderleicester.com.au/#!why-borders/cee5. Accessed: 2016-7-28.

[2]     Wikipedia contributors. Border leicester sheep. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Border_Leicester_sheep&oldid=732158075, 30 July 2016. Accessed: 2016-8-9.

Feeding Cattle

Feeding-cattle-lucerne-hay

Coming out of winter, the cattle will begin to calve.  Supplementary feeding with lucerne hay.  At this time of the year, there is a risk of grass tetany.  For this reason, the hay is supplemented with causmag (1). Lick blocks are also put out.

(1) Anon, Grass tetany in cattle | NSW Department of Primary Industries. Available at: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/agriculture/livestock/health/images/information-by-species/cattle/grass-tetany-cattle [Accessed July 16, 2016].

Merino ewes after shearing

Ewes-after-shearing

Drenching

Merino ewes sheared on 28 July,  being drenched, prior to lambing later this month.

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