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Sheep Management Tips- Fall
Livestock Update, September 2005
Scott P. Greiner
Extension Animal Scientist- Sheep, Virginia Tech
- Test hay and silage samples to determine their nutritive value. Work with an Extension agent to determine the supplements that will be required to formulate balanced diets for winter feeding.
- Trim and check feet.
- Graze spring-born lambs on available fall pasture and aftermath hay fields.
- Avoid marketing lightweight lambs in September and October when market prices are typically at their lowest levels of the year. Market spring-born lambs in late fall through winter.
- Supplement grain on pasture to promote increased lamb weight gains.
- Identify and retain ewe lambs from spring lambing to be used as replacements. Breed so that they will lamb first as yearlings.
- After November 1, place ewes on stockpiled fescue pasture.
- With adequate fall growth, one acre of stockpiled fescue should supply enough feed for five non-lactating ewes through February 1. Use temporary electric fence to limit the sheep's access to a portion of the stockpiled pasture until fully utilized.
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