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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: MrRee on June 02, 2009, 10:34:12 am

Title: Feed....
Post by: MrRee on June 02, 2009, 10:34:12 am
Have looked through all my books,had a quick google and come up with nowt..........

How much feed (nuts,farine d'orge) and hay does it take to over-winter a couple of sheep?

If it makes any difference,they'll have the barn once the pigs are in the freezer and access to an acre of grass. Hopefully they'll both come back covered by a ram.

Do I have the hay available ad lib and then supplement with nuts once or twice a day,and if so,what poundage of nuts per ewe?

I know it's early on in the year,but looking to get the hay in soon and stored away,any info gratefully received,cheers........ Ree
Title: Re: Feed....
Post by: hexhammeasure on June 02, 2009, 06:38:25 pm
when I calculate my hay requirements for the year I work on at least 1 large round bale per ewe that would be feeding her from november to march as for cake we start at 1/4lb for three weeks then 1/2lb for three weeks then 1lb for the remainder till april we also feed fodder beet chopped into a 15ltr bucket per 5 or 6 ewes. this works out at about 20ton from december til end of march for 65 ewes and hoggs

Title: Re: Feed....
Post by: MrRee on June 03, 2009, 06:39:53 am
Thanks very much,will go and get the calculator out! ..... Ree