Prevention of ketosis in sheep
To prevent ketosis in sheep, it is important to identify the animals carrying twins or triplets, separate them and provide them with a diet that will meet their increased energy demands. The level of nutrition should be increased gradually over the last 6 weeks of sheep gestation. Provide enough trough space and avoid sudden changes of the ration. Provide extra feed in bad weather. To provide the ewe energy, it can be treated with products containing gluconeogenic energy from 2-3 weeks before lambing up to the first 2-3 weeks after lambing.
In animals carrying a single lamb, the risk is they become too fat. All animals should be maintained at a body condition score of 2.5-3 throughout gestation. This will prevent any ewe from becoming excessively fat.