Getting hands-on with monitoring your ewes' body condition is a more effective way of identifying the sheep that you need to prioritise feed for than drafting by eye. Giving each ewe a body condition score (BCS) at key times throughout the breeding cycle – weaning, mating, scanning, set stocking and tailing – is a quick and effective way to ensure that the right ewes are getting the additional feed that they need.
We have put together a fact sheet on the benefits of optimising ewe body condition and a simple guide for monitoring how close your ewes are to the optimum BCS of three.
Feel free to contact the NZM production science team if you would like to learn more about condition scoring and the positive impact it can have on your ewe flock's overall productivity. Click here for more information about ewe nutrition.