Ewe lambing, lactation feeding and lamb finishing are the final important feeding periods of the sheep production system. It is important to note that breeding units and lamb finishing will not always occur on the property. They can often be described by two distinct periods:
The breeding unit will often try to maximise the carrying capacity of the capital ewe flock to maximise the numbers of lambs at weaning.
The success of this system is often linked to the production potential of spring conditions.
While planning and farm management plays a major role in a successful season, grass cultivars and forage choices can greatly influence this late winter and early spring period.
Mid heading ryegrass
Late heading ryegrass
Legumes and herbs
Manta diploid Italian ryegrass demonstrates very strong establishment and winter growth, peaking in performance through late September until the end of its first summer. While Manta is currently Nil endophyte, it has a particularly strong second winter growth habit which is productive and highly visual. With its strong establishment, Manta is ideal for undersowing into thinning or run-out pastures.
This system can occur for a property with the land type and scope that can maintain a finishing system post weaning. This can include farms with a capital ewe flock or it can be farms that trade in lamb finishing through summer, autumn and winter.
The extent of this system’s profitability can be vulnerable to the buying and selling margin of the store stock. Forage quality and timeliness of forage supply often define the success of these systems.
High-quality new pastures
Herbs and legumes
Excellent options for high liveweight gain potential through hotter summer months and come in many different starting date options