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Bramham Wiltshire Horns

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Rearing pet lambs
« on: February 22, 2021, 04:01:09 pm »
HI

I have been offered some pet lambs(from triplets) by a friend, who Lambs 150+ LLeyns crossed with Texel Tups
 
has any one experience in rearing Pet/Cade lambs and whats the rough costs per lamb involved for feeding i.e lamb milk, creep and hay and could it turn a small profit/break even

Do the lambs take along time to reach weight for Market etc
i know this could be a broad question but want to get feel for what people think.

TIA
 
« Last Edit: February 22, 2021, 04:08:34 pm by Bramham Wiltshire Horns »
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twizzel

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Re: Rearing pet lambs
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 07:25:38 pm »
They don?t do half as well as lambs reared on a ewe, their growth rates after weaning are still less than a lamb reared naturally. They will drink about 15kg powder on an ad-lib feeder wean abruptly at 6 weeks, maybe 1-2 bags of creep each. My feb born Lleyn x pet lambs normally start coming fit from July/Aug onwards but some are still hanging around in October and need creep to finish. Milk powder is the biggest expense. Most farmers rear pet lambs because they have to rather than because they turn a profit, or they sell them and let someone else have the hassle  :roflanim:

Bramham Wiltshire Horns

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Re: Rearing pet lambs
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2021, 10:19:57 pm »
Seems like the common theme

Best take the advice from the people in the know
Cheers for the advice
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