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Keelan H

  • Joined Mar 2016
Orphan lambs out grazing now,how much creep?
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:08:25 pm »
Hi Guys, my orphan lambs are 8 weeks old and off milk. They now are roaming in a paddock and grazing, should i not feed too much creep for the first few days to avoid them bloating?
Many thanks,
Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Orphan lambs out grazing now,how much creep?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2016, 12:54:09 pm »
I didn't feed mine creep for 24 hours then gradually increased again. Make sure there's hay available too


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Re: Orphan lambs out grazing now,how much creep?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2016, 02:10:06 pm »
I introduce them to grass slowly, and feed creep at a different time.  For instance, first few days, give creep as usual, then a couple of hours later, out out on poor grass for a short time - an hour the first day, 2 the second, 3 the third.  Then onto better grass, or for longer, but keeping that hour for them to digest their creep before the get to grass.

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Keelan H

  • Joined Mar 2016
Re: Orphan lambs out grazing now,how much creep?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2016, 11:39:34 am »
Brilliant thanks a lot, all are happily out grazing with sweet hay  :)


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