Inadequate glucose supplies in late pregnancy can lead to Pregnancy toxaemia. Ewes that are having multiple births are particularly prone to this disease due to the high energy requirements and the lack of readily available energy in the ration.
To avoid pregnancy toxaemia it is important that the diet is formulated to ensure an adequate supply of glucose which the ewe can use instead of having to mobilise energy from her fat reserves.
The feeding of the correct protein levels within the diet is also important to ensure adequate milk supply after lambing. A high quality protein source such as soya bean in late pregnancy will improve milk supply post lambing.