Nutrition at Tupping
Pre tupping planning and preparation is essential if good conception rates are to be achieved.
- Ram accounts for 50% of flock therefore important to
- Ensure diet regulation 3-4 months pre tupping
- Maintain BCS 3.5 – 4.0 (accounting for loss of up to 0.5 per week whilst working)
- Receive a high quality (magnesium free) mineral to ensure optimum sperm production
- The ewe is likely to benefit from pre-mating flushing.
- Ewes in reasonable condition score (2.5 – 3.0) tend to respond well to being placed on a rising plane of nutrition, starting from 4 weeks before, until tupping is finished.
- A well balanced, specific ewe mineral should always be included in the diet.
- Ewes that have a high condition score (>4) should be slimmed down 2-3 months before tupping since reducing nutrient intake during the tupping period can reduce ovulation rates.
- Following tupping, keep the ewe on the pre-mating diet for the first month of pregnancy. Avoid big changes in diet composition.
- Mid-pregnancy is a holding time when ewes can tolerate lower quality forages. However these can be deficient in minerals and RDP therefore provision of a supplementary feed bucket can be advisable.
- After 90 days placental growth is complete but foetal weight is only 15% of the final weight. Late pregnancy is when it all starts to happen!