Management of ewes for their next joining starts at weaning or with maiden ewes the previous winter. Important management tactics include:
Careful management of ewe nutrition after weaning to maximise condition score at joining. Reviewing the previous year’s management calendar to identify any potential improvements to the management program.
Assess the . . . → Read More: Prepare your ewes for next joining
The following summary provides an overall picture of when different management practices will occur throughout a reproductive cycle. Although it does provide the basics, it will not fit every operation and should be expanded or modified to accommodate the management priorities of each sheep farm.
Before Breeding Season Ewes Check udders for evidence of . . . → Read More: Shepherd’s Calender
Mastitis mastitis can develop rapidly may be an obvious cause (damage to udder, bruising, wire cuts, sore mouth scabs) various levels of severity (some cases are sub-clinical, but will still cause injury to the udder and decrease milk production) in the obvious cases, the udder becomes hot and painful (may cause fever) ewe carries . . . → Read More: Common Disorders affecting sheep – Lactation disorders
Out-of-season breeding is becoming more popular as producers move to accelerated lambing programs to supply product to the marketplace on a year round basis. Controlled reproduction will synchronize the ewe so that lambing occurs in a restricted timeframe. It will also give an out-of-season heat so that ewe can be bred in the . . . → Read More: Out of season breeding alternatives for sheep
A basic understanding of the reproductive biology of ewes and rams will greatly aid in developing and managing an effective breeding schedule. The following chapter provides a brief description of timing of reproductive events in sheep.
Ewes are ‘seasonally polyestrous’. This means that they are sexually active only . . . → Read More: Sheep Reproduction: Ewes