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  • Joined Jun 2016
Feed blocks
« on: December 12, 2018, 07:20:38 pm »
Thought I would give a feed lick/block a go this year, our local store does their own high energy block, 25kg. How long would people expect this to last for 22 in lamb Shetlands?
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  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2018, 08:16:15 pm »
How long is a piece of string ??   It will say on the container ave daily consumption  but depends on hay /grass quantity / quality and any other feed given


  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2018, 08:41:18 am »
I have 18 Zwartbles gannets who have cleaned up a lifeline bucket in 6 days.  They are not short of feed as they have access to ad lib hay.  The general lick bucket they have had since tupping has hardly been touched.


  • Joined Jan 2017
Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 02:40:35 pm »
2 weeks tops.
Dozen suffolk mules used to get through a tub every 2 weeks with hay and grass underneath them, saying that your shetlands are smaller and probably more thrifty so I would say would last 22 about the same amount of time.


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Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 03:04:06 pm »
Depends if they like it!!     either less than two weeks or never in my experience!

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  • Wild West
Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 08:53:29 pm »
Leave the lid on and it lasts longer.


  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2018, 01:16:28 pm »
I tried putting a lid on overnight but the beggars managed to remove it.  Lifting the bucket out of the field is not an option my back wishes to do.


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2018, 05:34:08 pm »
I use lifeline buckets pre lambing which can be inhaled by the ewes! Last year I put a Downland optilix energy bucket out with the lifeline, the Downland bucket is a lot harder and slows down the lifeline consumption. Planning on doing the same this year. Downland bucket out from 6 weeks pre lambing, lifeline from 4 weeks.


  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Feed blocks
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2018, 08:47:25 pm »
I am trying a tublix high energy now,


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