College advice on ewes in milk

A college expert last week issued advice to farmers feeding ewes with dwindling stores and little grass growth.

SRUC senior sheep consultant Dr John Vipond suggests bulking out silage with straw or feeding it on the ground if grass in it is longer than usual.

He recommends 200 grams of soya per ewe per day as an important additional protein feed and a magnesium supplement, noting: “Conditions this year mean there is a high risk of sheep suffering from staggers through magnesium imbalance”.

He also suggests feeding older lambs concentrates and fencing off known liver fluke-affected areas.