Over the last year we have been rotationally grazing sheep across part of the farm. However this means the sheep have always been going into a decent cover of fresh grass and have never really been pushed nutritionally. They are now 8 weeks out from lambing and I think they are overfit and concerned about risk of prolapse later in the pregnancy. They are lleyns, first time mums and punching 80kg +. They've had nothing but grass their whole lives and are now inside on silage and hay. My immediate concern is feeding regime for the next 8 weeks. I was going to reduce the silage offered and start transitioning them onto meal in order to reduce the volume of feed they are inhaling and gut fill to reduce pressure on the abdomen and hopefully reduce risk of prolapse while maintaining nutrition. Clearly comes at a big cost and the irony of trying run a regenerative grazing system and then having to feed them cake as a result isn't lost on me... What would others do?
My next concern is grazing plan for next year and not ending up in the same situation. Rotational grazing I felt was a key ingredient for the farm here to drive grass growth off fewer inputs and to reduce parasite burden by not grazing the base of the sward. Perhaps I need some sacrifice fields for them to sit on over the summer so they lose a bit of condition before flushing in the run up to tupping. Perhaps sheep just aren't suited to mob stocking and rotational grazing. That would be a shame as they are now very well trained on electric fencing and work away behind a single strand of polywire. Do others have a similar issue and how do you manage it?