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Hazelwood Flock

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Dorset.
Creep Feed
« on: May 20, 2013, 09:10:41 pm »
I am curious to know at what age you swap lambs from creep starter pellets to finisher pellets. I have always kept them on starter until they are old enough to eat the ewes' cake, but I'm wondering if they would 'do' better on finisher.... any thoughts?  :thinking:
Not every day is baaaaaad!
Pedigree Greyface Dartmoor sheep.

bizzielizzie66

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Kent
Re: Creep Feed
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 08:03:07 pm »
Hi there - it depends partly on the manufacturer of the rations you are using to be honest and when you want to wean and finish them? 

Many companies these days make a creep feed that you can finish on.  Lamb finisher is actually often not that much different in protein level but usually has a higher fibre content.

Avoid Ewe food if you are feeding ram lambs because of magnesium content & possibility of urinary calculi  Lamb finisher tends to be a normal size nut which stops them "hoovering it up" as quickly as the lamb creep as they grow. Some ewe rations are 18% or 20% protein  which you don't want to finish lambs on as it can put on too much fat.

Lamb finisher also tends to be cheaper than ewe rations (and lamb creep) - so there is a small economic benefit too.  If you are intending to switch to a finisher I would do it pre-weaning (at least two weeks) so they don't lose condition during the transition.

Hope that helps   :wave:
Keeper of Ryelands (learner) , Geese, Bantams, Chickens, Ducks , Horses & Cattle.  Animal Feed Merchant by day & BSc Agriculture graduate of yore :)

Hazelwood Flock

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Dorset.
Re: Creep Feed
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 08:49:27 pm »
Thanks for that, I had noticed it was a bit cheaper. My lambs have always eaten the ewe feed as do the rams. Maybe I've been lucky not to get calculi in the males....  :relief:
Not every day is baaaaaad!
Pedigree Greyface Dartmoor sheep.

 

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