Texel sheep stud owner Elizabeth McEwan is rearing her lambs with new Launchpad18 colostrum powder along with Sprayfo Primo Lamb milk replacer this season. She’s exceptionally happy with the products and the progress of her lambs.
The McEwans Texel Stud is on 50 acres near Ashburton. Here they run 200 breeding ewes and rear 20-30 lambs by hand each year.
Elizabeth’s first experience with AgriVantage products was Sprayfo Primo Lamb – which she has successfully reared her lambs on for the past three years.
“I love Sprayfo!” she says. “Before we got onto this milk replacer, we lost multiple lambs to abomassal bloat. It was heart breaking.
“Since we started using Sprayfo, we haven’t lost a single lamb to bloat.”
She explains that Texels are intolerant to copper (they cannot digest the mineral). Every milk replacer available in New Zealand contains copper, except for Sprayfo Primo Lamb which has been designed specifically for lambs.
The lambs are fed adlib with a Heatwave Milk Warmer system – another plus for Elizabeth who no longer has to be physically present for scheduled feeding times.
Recently Elizabeth introduced new Launchpad18 colostrum powder to her rearing programme, on the recommendation of AgriVantage SI Business Manager Cheryl Farrar.
“Launchpad18 is fantastic” says Elizabeth. “The instructions are clear and it’s easy to mix”
“When you make it up, it’s lovely and thick, just like ewe’s colostrum.
“We’ve used Launchpad18 for 15 of our lambs so far. They drank up the recommended 200mL feed in one go, no problem. Then we put them straight onto Sprayfo.
“Those lambs are growing well and have plenty of energy – just like all lambs should!”
Elizabeth adds that AgriVantage have been good to deal with. “AgriVantage are amazing. I only met Cheryl last year and last weekend she was on farm helping with tailing.
“When you have a question, they respond really quickly. And they know their stuff, which is so reassuring. I’d describe Cheryl as a key support person in our operation.”
Next up, Elizabeth is going to try Biopect “to give the lambs a little bit extra” she says. Biopect is AgriVantage’s antibiotic-free prebiotic powder which is excellent for gut health in animals and provides a good energy boost.
“I am very particular about my lambs” concludes Elizabeth. “They are effectively like children to us and we pride ourselves in taking really good care of them. I absolutely recommend AgriVantage products for optimal rearing.”