Australian sheep breeders battling with dry seasonal conditions should consider pregnancy scanning to better manage their flock size and increase profit margins.
In times when stock feed is in short supply, pregnancy scanning allows breeders to identify ewes which are not in lamb for culling, as well as provide targeted nutritional support to twin-bearing ewes.
Chris Shands, Scanner Coordinator at the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), said that from about 90 days from the start of joining, autumn lambing flocks could be accurately scanned for twin, single or dry.
“With this information, the dries can be sold, held onto or re-joined, and feeding priorities can be established for the twin and single bearing ewes,” Mr Shands said.
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