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Nithsdale 5th Monitor Farm Meeting
As tupping time approaches, the health and nutrition of ewes and tups will be under discussion at the next Nithsdale Monitor Farm meeting at Clonhie, near Penpont on Thursday 5th October.
At the meeting, which is free to attend and starts at 11am, host farmer Andrew Marchant will give an update on the farm’s activities since the last meeting and share his plans for his flock for the breeding season ahead.
Alistair Padkin from Nithsdale vets will also give a practical demonstration using one of the tups from Clonhie and highlight how to carry out a tup MOT before the breeding season starts.
He will be joined by sheep advisor and monitor farm facilitator Rhidian Jones, who will outline the importance of having ewes in the optimal condition score before they go to the tup.
The farm has also developed a feed budget, which they will share at the meeting next week, which shows how much grass the farm is likely to have over the winter, in addition to the winter crops.
Since the last meeting, the farm has conducted a cost comparison of the current early and late lambing systems at Clonhie to provide guidance for future management, the results of which will be shared on 5 October.
The Marchants have run some small-scale comparison trials with their 2017 lamb crop to see if there was a difference in growth rates and weaning weights in castrated lambs compared to those left entire, those offered a creep feed compared to those without access to creep and those given a Cobalt B12 injection compared to those that didn’t receive the supplement. The results of the trial will be shared at the meeting.
To book your place please contact Judith Hutchison, by 12 noon on Monday 2 October (contact details below)
Judith Hutchison. Tel: 07718 919055. email firstname.lastname@example.org