Caltech Crystalyx will host an advisory meeting for sheep farmers in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday January 29th. Events get underway at 8.00pm. The theme for the evening will be that of ‘managing the pre-lambing ewe’.
The main speaker of the evening will be the nutritionist Dr Cliff Lister, who will relate the latest research findings on how best to manage breeding ewes in those all-important weeks up to lambing. Courtesy of his presentation he will detail the best ways to achieve minimising lamb mortality rates at birth and how to ensure that newborn lambs can secure maximum daily growth rates.
The second speaker will be Teagasc representative Shane McHugh. Shane will discuss the key management challenges facing sheep producers throughout Donegal in the run-up to this year’s lambing season.
The meeting will be chaired by David Morgan, from Caltech Crystalyx.
Significantly, scanning results from the Donegal area are confirming that ewes are carrying high numbers of lambs – up to 185% on some farms. But according to David Morgan, there is absolutely no room for complacency.
“But this is only half the story. The challenge confronting sheep producers now is to ensure that all of this potential is converted into fruitful reality come the early months of 2014,” he stressed
“One obvious way of achieving this is to ensure that ewes are best placed to make optimal use of the forages made available to them in the run up to lambing.
“Possibly, the most economical way of achieving this is to place Crystalyx Extra High Energy feed tubs out in the fields with the flocks, at this time of the year. The buckets provide a good balance of protein and energy and a complete balance of vitamins and minerals, therefore correcting nutrient deficiencies and improving forage digestibility in a highly palatable lick.”