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jack

  • Joined Jun 2010
Feed
« on: June 30, 2010, 08:07:11 am »
I wonder can anyone tell me if Goat Mix is ok for sheep just as a daily treat.
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jameslindsay

  • Joined Feb 2009
  • Nr St Andrews, Fife
  • "Blossom" one of my Pygmy Goats
Re: Feed
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2010, 08:15:04 am »
That's exactly what I was told to feed my 2 lambs, they love it and we have had no problems.

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Feed
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010, 08:47:18 am »
at this time of year why are you feeding them.

fifixx

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Shillingstone, Dorset
    • Bere Marsh Farm
Re: Feed
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010, 09:05:33 am »
Sheep can't have copper but goats can, so you will need to check the ingredients....

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Feed
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 11:16:27 am »
odd we need to give them access to a copper sup as our land has very poor levels.

bazzais

  • Joined Jan 2010
    • Allt Y Coed Farm and Campsite
Re: Feed
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 11:43:34 am »
Different animals have different dietary requirements, its always best to read the label and not assume anything.  Its quite easy to jump to a conclusion and be slowly poisoning or holding back your little friends.

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fifixx

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Shillingstone, Dorset
    • Bere Marsh Farm
Re: Feed
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 12:47:14 pm »
 Copper in quantities suitable for goats is toxic to sheep, so goat feed will certainly have too much.  Dual sheep/goat feed will probably be OK....

jack

  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Feed
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2010, 11:10:52 pm »
Thank you, I am  not feeding them at present just trying to find if it is ok for the winter months, seems
not that good so anyone know of a suitable feed for winter.

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Feed
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2010, 07:49:46 am »
corse mix with hay is fine,

jack

  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Feed
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010, 03:28:36 pm »
Thank you do you mean a course mix sheep food . . .

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Feed
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2010, 06:21:43 pm »
sorry yes.

jack

  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Feed
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2010, 10:30:14 pm »
Thank you . . .

ponyntrap

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Feed
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2010, 11:28:15 am »
My cousin was only saying last night that he has to give copper to his flock at end of Jan and end of Feb each year to prevent sway back.

We fed our orphans creep and now lamb feed to wean and they still get a scoop or two each day now they are in the field with the rest, the reason for this is, we dont have a sheep dog, my terriers hunt and would be off at the merest hint of a deer scent.  So we want the orphans to act as guide to the rest of our little flock to get them in to the pens for shearing, vaccs, worming etc.

The orphans went in the field last wednesday and so far have managed to tempt 8 of the flock down to the trough with them for a nut or two, only 19 left to persuade!!

ballingall

  • Joined Sep 2008
  • Avonbridge, Falkirk
Re: Feed
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2010, 10:34:10 pm »
Any sheep course mix will do. I would avoid goat food for the copper levels. Plus, generally goat mix is more expensive than a basic sheep mix!

We are being careful not to give the lambs any of our goat mix or calf mix leftovers that the goats leave.

Beth

Meh!

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • West Lothian
Re: Feed
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2010, 02:16:25 pm »
I'm  very new to this but my last wee lamb died last year after eating calf feed (which he had been stealing...not fed deliberately) This year I'm  making sure that they only get sheep pellets.
Checked with vet last week (who was treating Claudia for Achey bones) and she was happy with Volac in morning, grass all day and a wee scoop of pellets to keep the mineral content of the feed balanced. All comments welcome.

 

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