Managing ewes for successful sheep breeding

Healthy, fertile ewes are vital for successful breeding and reducing lamb loss. Simple ewe management strategies can greatly increase lamb survival rates.

Having a thorough understanding of the breeding cycle, and identifying health issues early, will help you maximise your chances of sheep breeding. It's important to know when to join your ewes and how to care for them before, during and after their pregnancy.

Knowing the causes of lamb loss - either through the death of lambs during pregnancy or after they are born - and how to prevent it, is one way to help ensure successful sheep breeding.

This guide explains how to manage factors that affect ewe fertility, including the breeding cycle, breeding age, and the ram effect. It also outlines important environmental and health issues, such as reducing udder damage, which leads to lower lamb loss.