One, Two, Three or More?

Pregnancy scanning is an important sheep management tool for me at Hare Farm. It is a highly skilled job and is generally carried out by contractors, in our case Wally Chantler. 

The ewes are scanned mid pregnancy so they can now be grouped and fed according to the number of lambs they are carrying. Scanning also helps prevent disorders and simplifies tasks at lambing time, such as fostering on spare lambs to sheep with singles. Barren (empty) ewes can also be sold on immediately. 

5 hours of hard work today, and with a willing team of helpers, all 970 ewes were scanned and produced the following results: 

  • 11 empty
  • 137 singles
  • 714 twins
  • 108 triplets 

That’s an average of 195% (ie 1.95 lambs per ewe). I’m pleased with that. 

Wally will be back in 3 weeks to scan my ewe lambs. 

Written by Stuart

Latest From Hare Talk

Jun

02
Preparing to Open Again
Preparing to Open Again

Nov

11
Lambing course dates set for 2020
Lambing course dates set for 2020

Jun

29
Richard Hammond films at Hare Farm
Richard Hammond films at Hare Farm