Tectra - education & training in New Zealand's Wool Industry

In the paddock

The late pregnancy countdown


Key points

  • Late pregnancy is a critical time for breeding ewes
  • Priority should be given to feed management so that ewe health is optimised and to ensure there is enough colostrum and early milk for lamb viability
  • Shearing and ultrasound scanning in mid-pregnancy are useful tools for improving lamb birth weights and survival. They also lead to other improvements in lamb production
  • After scanning, single- or multiple-carrying ewes can be run in separate mobs during late pregnancy for differential feeding
  • Shearing crossbred ewes with winter combs and lifters in mid-pregnancy can result in increased lamb birth weights and improved lamb survival.

For further information please download the attached PDF


Created: 04 May 2007, Modified: 04 May 2007