Heavy rainfall in many parts of the country at the start of the week is presenting grazing challenges for some. The situation may improve if we experience a dry spell of weather again but with this less likely at this stage of the year it is advisable to put plans in place, particularly where flocks have started or are about to start breeding to ensure performance is not compromised.

Such lowland ewes have a dry matter intake requirement ranging generally from 1.2kg DM to 1.5kg DM. It is important that this requirement is satisfied during breeding and for the first month of gestation. It is not just a matter of ensuring ewes have access to this level of grass dry matter. Grass quality is an important factor that also needs to be considered.