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PipKelpy

  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with Mary, (cow) and sheep.
Feed for Castlemilk & Shetland
« on: April 02, 2023, 10:48:23 am »
2 Castlemilks and 1 Shetland, what nuts to feed?

I have allstock and a ewe nut in stock and some alfalfa pellets (though only 1 bag).

The 2 CM popped out twins each, surprised, PERFECTLY presented!! But I would like to help them milk wise and wonder if above is enough or should I offer them something else?
Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Feed for Castlemilk & Shetland
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2023, 04:10:18 pm »
In my experience, a little allstock is plenty for little primitives.  Ewe nuts will be higher protein, more suited to commercial high performance sheep.

But the very best thing for making milk is grass!  And they don't need to adapt the bugs in their rumen to digest grass...  So we feed a grass nut if the actual grass isn't lush enough for our multiparous mummies. 

I've fed alfalfa to Jersey cows, they love it and it helped them make milk.  So the alfalfa nuts might be good.  You won't use more than a bag if you're just helping out a trio of primitive twins mummies, will you?  1/2lb per head per day is quite a lot for that size, 25kgs would last over a month, the grass should be well growing by then? 
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PipKelpy

  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with Mary, (cow) and sheep.
Re: Feed for Castlemilk & Shetland
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2023, 04:15:01 pm »
In my experience, a little allstock is plenty for little primitives.  Ewe nuts will be higher protein, more suited to commercial high performance sheep.

But the very best thing for making milk is grass!  And they don't need to adapt the bugs in their rumen to digest grass...  So we feed a grass nut if the actual grass isn't lush enough for our multiparous mummies. 

I've fed alfalfa to Jersey cows, they love it and it helped them make milk.  So the alfalfa nuts might be good.  You won't use more than a bag if you're just helping out a trio of primitive twins mummies, will you?  1/2lb per head per day is quite a lot for that size, 25kgs would last over a month, the grass should be well growing by then?

Grass grow?

Hope so!

They like the alfalfa pellets so will stick with them. Apparently there is a shortage of grass pellets, Graze-on and Denge, I was lucky to get the Alfalfa!
Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!

 

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