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 …