Improved Ewe Survivability

PRODUCTION ISSUES IDENTIFIED

  • Ewe losses ~4% 
     

  • Sporadic hogget deaths

RESULTS
  • Already a very high performing farm but ewe losses still reduced from 4% down to less than 1%
     

  • P levels in crops reduced from 0.6 to
    0.42 %DM to reduce dietary risk

Investigations into sporadic deaths in the hogget blocks identified excessive sulphur levels to be the root cause of a diagnosed thiamine deficiency. This allowed proactive management of the copper deficiency present in the ewes at lambing, through the use of copper oxide bullets.
Changing fertiliser approach reduced metabolic risk and produced higher quality pastures on the hills.

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