Last week 40-day weights and health inspections were carried out on all four CPT farms across the country. As well as recording a weight for all CPT ewes and lambs (these lambs ranged between 20-65 days of age), a health inspection was also carried out. A health inspection includes a dag score and Body Condition Score (BCS) as well as incidences of lameness and mastitis. Over 1120 ewes and lambs were weighed, BCS, dag scored and any incidences of lameness and mastitis was recorded via the Sheep Ireland LambPlus App. Sheep Ireland will continue collecting 40 day weights next week to ensure all late lambing ewes are weighed within the correct bracket. To see a guide to find out the ideal time to weigh your lambs click here.
These results are currently being used in the Health Index, which is part of both the Replacement and Terminal Index. We would encourage LambPlus breeders to carry out at least one, if not two Health Inspections every year. The ideal time to do health inspections is when you are weighing your lambs, particularly at weaning and mating. The health inspection can be recorded using the LambPlus App, as well as on the website. For more information on the health inspection please click here.
Below is some snapshots out Sheep Ireland technicians taking weights last week: