Andy and Jane
-Works on properties across Australia and have been managing a mixed farm.

Running pregnant ewes on grazing canola

Hi, is it safe to run ewes in late pregnancy on grazing canola? Is there any risk of mineral deficiencies we should be concerned about? Thanks

1419 days ago

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Hey Andy and Jane,

Late pregnant and lambing ewes generally go pretty well on grazing canola. With regard to minerals - grazing canolas are often much better on the calcium front than your grazing cereals (which are typically low in calcium, high in phosphorus) so supplementation with salt/calcium licks is not as critical, although may still be a good idea especially for ewes bearing multiple fetuses (twinners etc will have particularly high calcium demands due to bone mineralisation of multiple foetuses in late pregnancy). 

Hope this helps!

All the best,

-NSW | Livestock veterinarian
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