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Introduction:


Results:

Weaner weight gain

Moose treated all his Merino weaners and x-bred lambs in 2011. This has turned out to be a great result. Moose was so impressed by how the weaners went straight on to feed as they were let out - instead of losing weight in the first few weeks of weaning, they gained weight from the start. The stockmen at Warrane were also impressed by the weaners being so easy to handle. The other big bonus was no dags or scouring. What really boosted the weaners’ go-ahead was the second dose, two to three weeks later and another big win was less tail in the weaners. 

Fleece weight and brightness

Moose and his classer, Brian Fittler were impressed with the brightness of the wool - best ever at Warrane. Weight gains in the wool will be monitored in 2012.

Easy to settle lambs after weaning

Based on this success Moose extended the Ruminant trial to dosing his ewes and merino lambs. The 3,000 merino lambs settled well after weaning. Moose said “normally they are hard to control and it takes a few days for them to settle down, but this time they started grazing straight away and were easy to muster”. 

Increased pregnancies

Maiden ewes had more twins and the dry rate was down to 3.5%, normally it is around 10-15%. This is a very good result as the maidens are joined at 18 months of age.

Minimise stress

Moose is very aware of trying to minimize stress which can impact weight.
“I keep mobs at 1,100 to try and minimize social stress and will now use Ruminant to help with feed change stress. This year it snowed seven days after lambing and Ruminant really helped”. Sudden feed change at weaning often disrupts the balance of microbes housed in the animal’s digestive tract. This can result in a reduction of rumen activity and a check in growth rates.