Ewe lamb mating targets: Liveweight is an important contributor to the success of breeding ewe lambs, with the general recommendation being that ewe lambs should weigh at least 60% of mature bodyweight at time of joining with rams.

Taking large-framed breeds such as Suffolk or Texel crosses with a mature weight of 80kg liveweight for example, this translates to 48kg liveweight at mating. For lighter breeds with a mature weight of 75kg, the target reduces to at least 45kg and 42kg for breeds with a mature weight of 70kg.