Feeding Sheep The Right Way - Nutritional Needs For Raising
Today we will talk about
the proper nutrition for your sheep. Sheep get most of
their nutritional needs from the following in no
Hay is a good source of food for feeding sheep
especially when pasture is readily available. This
usually happens when the weather is not suitable for
grazing or the animals are just kept in a barn for a
period of time. Hay may come in different forms but
experts agree that if you are to feed hay to your sheep
delineate the type of hay you will feed them Mixed hay
composed of grass, legumes and other herbaceous plants
like second-cutting or mixed grass types are cheaper
when your sheep are under gestation period. You must
reserve the higher quality type of hay like Alfalfa hay
for lactating ewes since it promotes better milk
production and contains a high concentration of protein
and calcium. Be sure that your hay stack is free from
mold and must.
Silage is a succulent variety of fodder for sheep. It is
composed mainly of plant material from corn, oats and
others and kept in a silo covered by plastic. Its
moisture content is high and a good source nutrient for
your sheep. The lactic acid that builds up during its
production serves as a preservative for your stock
supply. In feeding sheep, do not serve frozen or moldy
silage to your flock and throw away those that do not
pass your quality inspection.
Grains are used for supplemental nutrition in the whole
diet plan of your sheep herd. Corn, soybean as well as
oat, sorghum and wheat are used extensively for grain
feeding. As a meal replacement each type of grain has
its nutritional value at the top of the chain are corns
and soybean. To help you choose which grain is best for
you try to figure in the costs of each grain choice and
from there you can make an assessment.
Pasture is the main and staple source of food for your
sheep. Having a good supply of pasture in fact is enough
to meet the needs of your sheep with respect to their
nutritional requirements. The ideal pasture would be
composed of leafy vegetation no more than six inches
tall. Over seeding clover during winter on your pasture
will ensure that the forage in your area is sufficient
come grazing season. When you start feeding sheep or
grazing you will notice that not all areas have enough
pasture to graze on.
All these available food sources should be supplemented
with minerals and salts so that your sheep flock will
have better performance in late pregnancy.
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