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“Sheep are one of the earliest animals to be domesticated for agricultural purposes. They are raised for their meat (lamb or mutton), fleece and milk. Adult female sheep are referred to as ewes, intact males as rams, castrated males as wethers, and younger sheep as lambs.”

Sheep

Feeding/Management Programs

GENERAL SHEEP FEEDING GUIDELINES

1. There is no one best ration for any purpose. One must make use of the most cost effective raw materials that are available. Preferably use home grown or locally purchased ingredients.
2. Proper feeding requires more than one pen or pasture so that sheep can be grouped and moved around.
3. Forage should provide the majority of nutrients for sheep.
4. Forages are the greatest variable so one should know the quality of the pasture.
5. Do not feed more than 700 grams of concentrate feed at one feeding.
6. Start by feeding 150 grams of concentrate per day and gradually increase the level so the rumen can adjust.
7. Don’t overfeed replacement females. Fattening can have a negative impact on future reproduction and milk production.
8. Always make sure you have enough feeder space.
9. Minimise competition between animals.
10. Use feeders for all feedstuffs, feed and hay
11. Know what your animals weigh.
12. Weigh your feed to know how much you are feeding and how much it is costing you.
13. REMEMBER – What you cannot MEASURE, you cannot MANAGE.

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