Farming: Heat, drought to severely affect lambing

DPI livestock researcher Gordon Refshauge.

DPI livestock researcher Gordon Refshauge.

DROUGHT, feed and heat stress will have major impacts on this year’s autumn, winter and spring lambing and NSW Department of Primary Industries  (DPI) has advised producers to condition score ewes before joining and pregnancy scan after joining.

DPI livestock researcher Gordon Refshauge said these two tools would  help ensure producers could manage the nutritional needs of their flocks to get the best outcomes.

“Ewes should have a condition score of at least 2.5 prior to joining, ewes in a poorer condition are less likely to conceive,” Dr Refshauge said.

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