Sheep Ireland LambPlus Event Timeline 2014

What and When to Record

LambPlus Event Timeline

  • Signing up –by December 15th each year – click here for sign-up form
  • Inventory completion/update – Getting all ewe & ram details onto the Sheep Ireland Database – December 15th deadline also

Performance Recording

  • Mating
  • Lambing – Record Birth Weights, Lambing Difficulty, Lamb Deaths and any other relevant event information outlined below– Embryo Transfer, Lamb Fostering etc.
  • 40 Day weight (30 – 60 days of age)
  • Weaning weight (60 – 120 days of age)
  • Ultrasound scanning and weight (approx. 150 days)
  • Lamb disposal record – record lamb deaths, sales etc throughout the year
  • Ewe mature weight (Prior to mating)
  • Ewe disposal records – Sold/Dead/reason for sale/culling etc.

How this document works

Below is a summary of each of the things to be done in the timeline on the previous page.  Included are performance recording events.  More information is available in the LambPlus Guide – all LambPlus breeders receive an updated LambPlus guide containing all recent developments at the beginning of each recording season.

Web or paper

Upon signing up to the LambPlus service you will have indicated your intention to record by web or a paper service. Where breeders indicate that they will record through the Sheep Ireland web service, all performance data will be entered on the Sheep Ireland website www.sheep.ie.

Where breeders choose the paper & postal based service then Sheep Ireland will provide all necessary recording sheets by post.

All LambPlus breeders are provided with a personal Username & Password to access their flock account on www.sheep.ie. Once logged in, breeders will be able to view the €uroStar evaluations for all their sheep along with a number of handy flock reports.

Event Timeline

Sign-up

The first step is to sign up to LambPlus. The deadline for signing up for the 2014 season was December 15th 2013. This deadline may be brought forward to mating time (September) in the future.

Inventory update

Once breeders sign up it is necessary to provide a full inventory of the ewes and rams currently in the flock. It will be a minimum requirement to provide each animals NSIS tag, and pedigree information. For some breeds, Sheep Ireland will have the full pedigree information of all sheep in the flockbook. These breeds are using the Sheep Ireland database and Flockbook management system to help in the administration of their society. The breeds currently availing of these services are: The Irish Texel Society, the Belclare Sheep Society and the Galway Sheep Association. Flockbook ancestry information has also been made available to the Sheep Ireland database in 2014 by the Irish Vendeen Sheep Society.

Breeders of sheep other than the breeds mentioned above will be required to manually submit the details of ewes and rams to Sheep Ireland. Sheets for these details will be forwarded to breeders once sign-up forms are submitted.

Performance recording

Lambing

All lambing information must be entered into the Sheep Ireland database before April 30th

For each lamb record:

  • Its birth dam
  • Its Society pedigree identity and Department tag number (NSIS)
  • Birth date
  • Sex
  • Birth weight
  • Lamb status (Alive, Dead, Aborted etc)
  • Rearing code (fostered, bottle reared etc)
  • ET (Embryo Transfer) information where applicable

For each ewe record:

  • Record status of non-lambing ewes (barren, aborted, sold, dead)
  • Some form of event is required for ALL ewes – sheep not currently in the flock should be marked as sold, dead etc on the Inventory page.
  • Lambing difficulty (Scored 1-4)
  • Group (Sheep managed under different conditions should receive different group numbers. For example ewes getting fed meals (Group 1), ewes on silage only (Group 2).

Excessive numbers of groups is not advisable. Breeders should group ewes according to feeding regime eg. Grass/grass & meal/silage/silage & meal.

Note: for more information on when to weigh your lambs click here

40 day weight

For each lamb record:

  • Record the weight of all lambs (lambs can be weighed between 30 & 60 days of age)
  • Record the weighing date
  • Group (if applicable)

Weaning

For each lamb record:

  • Record weaning weight
  • Record weaning date
  • Record group (if applicable)

Ultrasound scanning and weighing

This service is provided by Sheep Ireland for which an additional charge must be paid by the LambPlus breeder. Ultrasound scanning of lambs is currently optional for all LambPlus breeders.

For each scanned lamb record:

  • 140 day loin muscle and of fat depth
  • Record the scanning date
  • Record the live weight at the time of scanning
  • Spread the lambs scanned across the different Sire lines used in the flock

*In 2014 breeders will be required to notify Sheep Ireland of their intention to scan before April 30th. This is also the deadline for the submission of lambing data for all breeders.

Post weaning weights

Strongly encouraged when Ultrasound scanning and weighing has not been carried out.

For each lamb record:

  • Record a weight for all animals still present in the flock
  • Record the weighing date
  • Record group number (If applicable)

Lamb disposal record

For each lamb record:

  • Record reason for disposal or death throughout the year
  • Record date

Ewe mature weight

For each ewe record:

  • Before mating record the ewe weight (include hoggets at 18 months of age)
  • Record the date of weighing

Ewe disposal record

For each ewe record:

  • At weaning (or whenever ewes are culled) record the culling reason for the ewe
  • Record the culling date
  • Whenever ewes are culled/ found dead through the year record the reason and the date
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