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Fall Flock Management Tips

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Dr. Scott Greiner
Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

  • Work with veterinarian to perform breeding soundness exams on all rams prior to turn-out.
  • Flush ewes with 1 pound of corn or barley per day beginning 14 days prior to the breeding season to enhance lambing rate.  Continue flushing 4 weeks into breeding season.
  • Trim and check feet.
  • Stockpile forages.
  • Test hay samples to determine their nutritive value.  Assess winter feed supplies and devise plan to secure needed feedstuffs.  Work with an Extension agent to determine the supplements that will be required to formulate balanced diets for winter feeding.
  • Graze spring-born lambs on available fall pasture and aftermath hay fields.
  • Supplement grain on pasture to enhance lamb weight gains.
  • Plan marketing strategy for any portion of lamb crop that remains.
  • Identify and retain ewe lambs from spring lambing to be used as replacements.  Breed so that they will lamb first as yearlings.
  • After November 1, place ewes on stockpiled fescue pasture.
  • Maximize the utilization of stockpiled forages through strip grazing.  Use temporary electric fence to limit the sheep’s access to a portion of the stockpiled pasture until fully utilized.


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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Alan L. Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.


September 1, 2009

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