30 Sep 2015-16 DRAMATIC REMIN RESULTS for LAMBS and PASTURE
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DRINKING WATER FOR LAMBS
POORLY LAMBS: We expected some of our 14 Warwick lambs, 4 to 6 months old and from poor mothers, to die. They were in in-door pens because we knew exposure to rain would probably kill them. They showed little improvement when wormed.
WATER SUPPLY – WITH & WITHOUT REMIN: We offered the lambs two tubs of water, both filled from the tap, but with REMIN volcanic rock dust in one. To our amazement they all drank solely from the REMIN tub for at least 5 days. By about 10 days they were drinking equally from both tubs and by 3 weeks they were drinking mainly from the non-REMIN tub.
100% RECOVERY: In this period the lamb recovery was remarkable and we did not lose any. Not only did the lambs appear to select the REMIN but they also appeared to control their own dosage!
MIXING WITH MANURE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVES PASTURE
AUTUMN SPREADING: Boosted by lambs we took 20 tonne bulk delivery of REMIN. Using a BARREL MUCK SPREADER we added approx 750kg REMIN to full load of approx. 1.5tonnes of muck. 1 : 2 by WEIGHT REMIN to FYM / 1 : 4 by VOLUME approx.. (Jen comment – “this is high REMIN!”) Rotary mechanisms mixed the REMIN in as we spread over approx. 10 acres. Spread @ 6t / acre = 1.5kg / m2.
OVER-WINTERING SHEEP TO POST LAMBING: After 2 weeks rest we introduced 115 in-lamb ewes and over-wintered them, with supplementary food, until Mid-April 2016. Happily, they had a very healthy crop of lambs and the field was grazed right down.
MID APRIL to MID JUNE REST THEN BALING: We rested the field for 8 weeks and then cut hay. The grass crop was exceptionally lush with above normal red and white clover producing 13 big round bales per acre. Since then our sheep have not kept up with the growth and its fattened lambs faster than I have ever seen in my 24 years work on this field. Despite this warm September, when other fields have gone off colour, the REMIN field still has a deep green colour with a good mat of grass and clover. Whilst not a scientific study, we are satisfied the dramatic improvement in our pasture is thanks, at least in part, to REMIN volcanic rock dust.
Ted & Val Mawby, Lodge Farm, Warwickshire, ENGLAND – www.lodgefarmrugby.co.uk