Late December born and early January born lambs are now coming near the end of the bracket to record their 40-day weights, so LambPlus breeders with lambs of this age need to get their 40-day weights in before the middle of next week to avoid missing out on gaining valuable DQI marks.
Click here to read more about the DQI and why it is important.
When to Weigh LambPlus Lambs
These tables are designed to aid breeders in selecting the best time to weigh their LambPlus lambs. As part of the LambPlus programme breeders are asked to record at least 3 weights for their lambs after lambing at 3 defined points in time as outlined below (Breeders are however free to record as many weights as they wish). Each of these weights will then work towards improving the flocks accuracy percentage (Acc %) and therefore making the evaluations reflect the performance of the animals on the ground more accurately.
Note: All lambs DO NOT need to be weighed when they are exactly 40, 100, or 150 days of age. If lambs are weighed between the parameters outlined below in table 1, the Sheep Ireland database will be able to predict the weight of the animal at age.
|Weighing||Possible Age Range|
|40 Day Weight||Between 20 - 65 days of age|
|Weaning weight (100 Day)||Between 66 - 120 days of age|
|Scanning Weight (150 Day)||Between 121 - 180 days of age|
Important Weight datesThis table can be referenced by LambPlus breeders to work out the best time to weigh their lambs. The first column displays the lambing date of the first lamb. The dates displayed under each of the weight categories is the last date possible for this lamb to be weighed and still fit into this category.
|Lambing Date||40 Day Weight|
20 - 65 days
66 - 120 days
121 - 180 days
|25th December||28th February||23rd April||22nd June|
|1st January||6th March||30th April||29th June|
|8th January||13th March||7th May||6th July|
|15th January||20th March||14th May||13th July|
|22nd January||27th March||21st May||20th July|
|29th January||3rd April||28th May||27th July|
|5th February||10th April||4th June||3rd August|
|12th February||17th April||11th June||10th August|
|19th February||24th April||18th June||17th August|
|26th February||1st May||25th June||24th August|
|4th March||8th May||2nd July||31st August|
|11th March||15th May||9th July||7th September|
|18th March||22nd May||16th July||14th September|
|25th March||29th May||23rd July||21st September|
|1st April||5th June||30th July||28th September|
|8th April||12th June||6th August||5th October|
|15th April||19th June||13th August||12th October|
|22nd April||26th June||20th August||19th October|
|29th April||3rd July||27th August||26th October|