Feeding The Ewe During Late Pregnancy / Gestation


Summarized from Sheep Production Handbook, page 752-753.

The last four to six weeks of gestation is a critical nutritional period, because at least two-thirds of fetal growth occurs during this period.¬† Nutrient restrictions at this time will result in lighter weight lambs at birth, unequal birth weights of twin and triplet lambs, ¬†reduced mothering instinct, lowered milk production, increased early lamb loss and possibly pregnancy toxemia.¬† Because of the increased fetal growth during this period of the ewe’s biological …