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Feeding Lambs There are many ways to feed lambs. One method is not better than another.
There are various pros and cons associated with each feeding program. The appropriate feeding program is usually affected by the geographic location, type of production system, marketing options, and cost and availability of feed.
Lambs born in the winter are often creep-fed and finished on high concentrate diets, whereas lambs born later in the season are often placed on pasture with their dams.
Some feeding programs utilize both pasture and grain. For the first several weeks of life, all a lamb needs for nourishment is its mother's milk.
Lambs will start to nibble on solid food soon after birth. A ewe's milk production peaks between 3 and 4 weeks of lactation. By the time lambs are 4 to 6 weeks old, they may be obtaining as much as 50 percent of their nutrient intake from sources other than their mother's milk.
Creep feeding Creep feeding is a means of supplying extra nutrition, usually grain, to nursing lambs.
It is especially beneficial for lambs managed in intensive production systems in which early weaning is practiced. Creep feeding is advantageous for flocks which have a lot of multiple births or in flocks where milk production is a limiting factor.
It is more efficient to feed the lamb directly than to feed the ewes for milk production. Creep feeding is usually of less value for lambs that will be developed on pasture in the spring and summer.
Creep feeding may not be cost-effective in all production systems. Lambs should be started on creep feed between 1 and 2 weeks of age, though they will not eat significant amounts of feed until they are three to four weeks old.
Providing early access to creep feed gets lambs in the habit of eating dry feed and helps stimulate development of their rumens. It helps with early weaning. Creep pen Lambs gain access to creep feed through a "creep," which is simply an opening in the fence or gate that is large enough for the lambs to get through, but too small for the ewes to enter.
It is best that creep gates have multiple openings so the lambs do not think they are trapped. Ideally, the lambs should have access to the creep area from multiple sides.
A small used tire can also be used as an inexpensive creep gate. Feeders used in the creep area should be designed so that lambs cannot stand or play in them. Two inches of feeder space per lamb is recommended. Creep area The creep area should be placed in a high traffic area where lambs will naturally find their way to it.
A light in the creep area will help to attract lambs. A sunny spot in the barn is an ideal place to place the creep.
In addition to providing creep feed, the creep area is a place for lambs to loiter and sleep. It should be kept dry and well-bedded. Two square feet of space per lamb is recommended for the creep area. Each lamb should be allocated 2 inches of feeder space.
Water should be available in the creep area, as well as high quality hay. Creep feeders can also be set up on pasture. Creep ration The creep ration does not need to be complex or expensive.
At a young age lambs prefer feeds that are finely ground and have a small particle size. Feeds that have high palatability for lambs include soybean meal, ground corn, and alfalfa hay. Some producers start lambs out on soybean meal.
It is expensive, but the lambs do not eat much at an early age. Crumbled or textured rations are consumed better than pelleted creep feeds.
The feed should be fresh and dry and should never be allowed to run out.
High protein Because the growth of young lambs is mostly lean muscle protein rather than fat, protein supply is critical.When a young ruminant is born, its rumen is considered a sterile environment that contains no bacteria or other microbial life.
The young ruminant is naturally exposed to different microbes through the dam’s birth canal and vagina, saliva, skin and feces.
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