Sheep pre-mating nutritional requirements

Mating is a critical time on the farm as it impacts the performance of the flock for the upcoming season.  Low body condition and nutritional deficiencies can negatively affect ewe and ram fertility.  Ewe ovulation rates and the chances of delivering a healthy lamb are maximised when vitamins and trace elements are balanced.

Freer & Dove (2002) suggests that the nutritional status of the ewe immediately prior to ovulation affects the ovulation rate. Improved nutrition of specific nutrients (volatile fatty acids, glucose, branched-chain amino acids) indirectly enhances nutrient sensitive hormones to activate a reproductive response.

In addition, Beef + Lamb (2013) suggests it is essential to correct trace element deficiencies of Selenium and Iodine prior to mating as deficiencies in Iodine reduce reproductive performance, and embryonic losses are reduced by ensuring Selenium levels are balanced.   There is a critical window at pre-mating where ewes can be supplemented to improve health and reproductive performance and increase embryo survival.

The technology used in palaMOUNTAINS Revive allows for the solubilisation of these essential nutrients to assist in delivering and restoring optimum levels in the ewe.

palaMOUNTAINS Revive with added Selenium & Iodine will support significant fertility advantages in stock that are deficient.

Sheep Feeding Programme

What to feed your herd and when:

Essential Pre Mating Ewes:
30ml Drench

Iodine For increased reproductive performance. (Beef & Lamb recommended).
Selenium For increased embryo survival. (Beef & Lamb recommended).
Milk Thistle for liver health & recovery (where Eczema is prevalent).

Revive Pre Lambing Ewes:
Optional - 30mls (8 weeks prior):

Iodine Beef & Lamb suggest 2 x iodine 4 + 8 weeks pre-lamb. (Beef & Lamb recommended).
Cobalt Synthesis of Vitamin B12 (energy & protein metabolism) and prevents lamb mortality.
Provides vitamin B12 to the lamb until 3 weeks of age.
Copper Bone development, fleece development and protects the integrity of the immune system. Protect lambs who are most susceptible to copper deficiency until 10 weeks of age.

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Revive for Pre Lambing Ewes:
Essential - 30mls (4 weeks prior)

Iodine Protects lambs against Goitre, increases birth weights & temperature tolerance of the lamb. (Beef & Lamb recommended)  
Selenium for regular heats, better ovulation & embryo fertilisation.
Phosphorus decreases silent heats, irregular heats & low conception.

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Revive for Docking Lambs:
Essential - 10mls

Vitamin B12 (1mg) Improves growth rates and weight gains by providing energy for protein metabolism. (Beef & Lamb recommended).
Selenium improves growth rates. (Beef & Lamb recommended).

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Revive for Weaning Lambs:
Essential - 20mls

Vitamin B12 (2mg) Improves growth rates and weight gains by providing energy for protein metabolism.

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Revive for Ewes at Weaning:
Optional - 30mls for dag & parasite reduction

Cobalt, Iodine, Copper and Selenium.
Selenium
- Beef & Lamb suggest 3rd dose.
Milk thistle – for liver health & recovery (where Eczema is prevalent).

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