Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. As promised another post from the three bestest maremmas in all the land. Even though it is the middle of winter, here in the sunny Mangamahu valley, sheep are shorn. The reasons to do this are:
- That prelamb shearing increases the ewes’ metabolic rate and they eat more.
- This can mean increased newborn lamb body weights, less ‘sleepy sicknenss’ in ewes before lambing and fewer newborn lamb deaths in bad weather.
- These benefits only follow if shorn ewes are provided with extra feed and good shelter.
Our four sheep have lots of grass and shelter in the woolshed yards, so winter shearing is a good idea.
Love Nellie, Jasper, and Itai the three bestest maremma in all the land.