The ewes were scanned to see how many lambs they are going to have in March 2014. This year has been a good year on the sheep; there has been plentiful grass through the autumn and early winter and when they were housed at scanning, just before Christmas they looked in better condition than they have done for the past few years. Consequently they scanned well, to have just under 2 lambs per ewe, which is an ideal number of lambs for the system at Bearwood.
I was able to make good haylage during the summer and this will be analyzed next week. The amount of concentrate fed to the ewes will be determined by the quality of the haylage and I am hoping that concentrate costs can be cut this year due to good quality forage.