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Flushing Ewes

Just what is flushing your ewes? Flushing means increasing the level of feed offered to the breeding ewes, mostly in the form of energy, starting approximately one month prior to the introduction of the ram.

With the increased amount of feed offered, the ewe will begin to put on weight. This will then signal the ewe’s body that she will be capable of raising more than one lamb. In turn this will increase her ovulation rate, which results in a higher lambing percentage or more lambs born per ewe.

Increasing the energy level of the ewe should continue throughout the breeding season until a few weeks after the ram is removed.