Spring is here, and for many, thoughts are now moving towards lamb finishing, and crops maturing. But the reality is, the thoughts around lamb finishing should have well and truly started before spring arrived. You are already almost halfway through lamb finishing, with ewes doing so much of the work in a productive sheep operation.
If you haven’t already, you should be identifying your best and worst quality paddocks, so that you can focus your lamb finishing on those paddocks, and identify any deficiencies that exist within your pasture system so that you can start working on those with your agronomist.
When it comes to weaning and lamb finishing, feed quality is king! Clover is a star performer, Lucerne, plantain, chicory are all great, and we can happily use brassicas to give us green feed when nothing else can.
I will use clover as the focus of this because it is the main contributor over the next couple of months. People often wrongly believe that animals perform better on clover because of the protein. That is wrong. As a general rule if we have green feed, we have enough protein. The reason we get such good performance off clover is the low fibre content.
Fibre dictates the time it takes for an amount of feed to pass through an animal. When we find the sweet spot with fibre, around 32% Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF), we can get more energy through th...
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