“The focus is very much on spring lambing with most of the lambs sold as stores in the back end,” he said.
“Improving the number of lambs reared per ewe has been a key objective for the business over recent years, hence the inclusion of Romney and Lleyn bloodlines.”
Colum will readily admit that 2015 is shaping up to be a very good lambing season.
“The ewes went to the tips in excellent condition last autumn. We had no end of grass at that time. The subsequent scanning results were also excellent,” he said.
“I wouldn’t like to comment on how well lambs are performing until we gather the ewes for their first worming drench in a few weeks time. Weather permitting; this should happen over the next week or so. Mind you, the poor spring weather and lack of grass growth throughout the spring months, took a bit of the shine off the good start to the year.”
Colum is totally committed to securing the best possible levels of performance from his ewes and lambs. And in this regard, he is very conscious of the need to ensure that the animals receive their full complement of minerals and vitamins at all times.
“This came to a head a few years ago when blood tests confirmed that we had a Selenium deficiency problem on the farm,” he explained.
“In response to this I started drenching the ewes with ProVitaMin from Provita, both pre tupping and pre lambing. I also drench the lambs with the product at the time of their first worming and every four weeks thereafter. And it’s an approach that has worked in terms of providing that all important nutritional boost.”
Provita’s Tommy Armstrong was a recent visitor to the Woods’ farm.
“ProVitaMin contains a range of chelated minerals, vitamins and trace elements in an ultra concentrated liquid drench form. It contains all the essential minerals, vitamins and trace elements that will provide breeding ewes with that all important nutritional boost pre tupping,” he said.
“It can also be used to boost lamb growth rates both pre and post weaning,” Tommy Armstrong further explained.
Colum Woods is also keen to point out that ProVitaMin is easy to administer.
“It flows very easily and does not choke the animals,” he said.
“This is very important when administering products of this nature, to young lambs especially.”
“Last autumn Colum achieved a lambing scan percentage of 170%. This was a performance well above average for this lambing system and is a great achievement by Colum Woods. His excellent management and the use of ProVitaMin have helped him achieve this.”
Annalong Texel breeder Sam Gordon also explained the benefits he has seen through using ProVitaMin.
“We have used the drench extensively on those ewes that we have used for flushing. And the results achieved by taking this approach have been very significant. We have doubled the number of eggs produced per ewe since we started drenching with ProVitaMin,” explained Sam.
ProVitaMin contains 25 different trace elements at an optimal level in order to help correct deficiencies, improve fertility and improve growth rates. The high level of B vitamins helps stimulate appetite and the chelated metals allow for a slow release benefit.