Agri Vehicles Insurance from Greenlands

Author Topic: Can a lamb have too much ad-lib replacement milk?  (Read 2924 times)


  • Joined Oct 2010
  • South Northamptonshire
Can a lamb have too much ad-lib replacement milk?
« on: May 21, 2014, 11:45:57 am »
I've been feeding a cade lamb on Lamlac - following the instructions on the bag to the letter i.e. max 1 litre spread over 6 then 5 feeds per day.

She is 9 days old today and making good progress so last night I started her on adlib milk by rigging up a supremely impressive DIY gadget to hold a normal anti-vacuum bottle in place for her.

I started adlib feeding at 1615 yesterday when I put up 450mls of milk.  Since then I've replaced the bottle with 500mls at 2140 last night then 0630 and 1030 this morning.

She finished the first three bottles but seems to be taking it more steadily with the current bottle (put up at 1030).  Even if she doesn't finish the current bottle until 1630 this afternoon this would mean she had 2 litres in 24 hours which is double what she has been getting while on restricted feeding.

She has water and creep available but hasn't expressed much interest in either.

Am I risking overfeeding her to cause bloat or scouring or do I just persist and keep the ad-lib bottle topped up so that she feeds evenly rather than bingeing when I put a new one up?

Your thoughts would be appreciated...

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Can a lamb have too much ad-lib replacement milk?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 12:24:15 pm »
I'd stick to the instructions - Lamlac is a top quality milk replacer.  Make sure she always has clean water and best quality hay available.  I usually do a milk feed then offer a very small amount of creep (50g) in an old frying pan to get them started.  Milk after a bellyfull of creep causes problems - the creep swells up.  I don't leave creep down overnight - rats love it!


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Can a lamb have too much ad-lib replacement milk?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 01:00:00 pm »
Mine would drink 2 litres on ad lib, they do drink a lot more. She's older than I would put on an ad lib feeder so probably will take a day or 2 to realise there is always milk available hence at the moment she is gorging. Just watch her tummy doesn't look to round and make sure she doesn't get an upset stomach and she should start to feed little and often soon.


  • Joined Jul 2011
  • Port O' Menteith, Stirlingshire
Re: Can a lamb have too much ad-lib replacement milk?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 02:40:50 pm »
At that age then the more milk the merrier! If you are worried about bloat put a bit of gripe water in the milk as you are mixing it. if you sprinkle a tea spoon of milk powder over the creep the lambs start on it a bit sharper since it smells like their normal diet. All the best with her, wee have 13 orphans just now, can't wait till they are all on creep and not needing milk!
It's always worse for someone else, so get your moaning done before they start using up all the available symathy!


How much milk for orphan lamb ????

Started by crobertson (9.32)

Replies: 12
Views: 15999
Last post March 04, 2016, 07:48:29 pm
by SallyintNorth
Lamb milk/colustrum

Started by Herbert (9.32)

Replies: 0
Views: 1113
Last post April 02, 2017, 06:57:33 pm
by Herbert
Help please, lamb refusing milk

Started by Sheepmug (9.32)

Replies: 3
Views: 900
Last post April 23, 2021, 06:06:54 pm
by shep53
How long to lamb if milk is squirting?

Started by Ladygrey (9.22)

Replies: 1
Views: 2003
Last post March 24, 2014, 10:05:53 pm
by farmvet
Orphan lamb coughing during milk

Started by Hillview Farm (9.22)

Replies: 4
Views: 6242
Last post May 28, 2014, 11:40:37 am
by Hellybee

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Ark Farm Livestock Movement Service

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2023. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS