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Jon Feather

  • Joined Jun 2015
  • South West Cumbria
Feed crops for sheep???
« on: March 06, 2016, 06:48:30 am »
Now we have the shetlands we are thinking of growing some feed crops to feed them through next winter.  Things like turnips, swedes.

Is this a good idea and what other veg crop do you suggest??

Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: Feed crops for sheep???
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 07:25:29 am »
Forage rape and turnips mixed. Kale,  beets and so on.

Plenty of people do it but I would have no idea how much you would need to grow per head.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Feed crops for sheep???
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2016, 02:57:33 pm »
In this part of the world, swedes are turnips ;)

BH hasn't been able to grow turnips for more than 7 years here, it's become so wet.  :(  But he used to always grow some.  The fat lambs used to finish on them, then when the lambs had all gone, the ewes would go onto the field to clean up any remaining turnips; they'd be in late pregnancy by then.  I'm afraid he's been no help at all in suggesting how many acres for a given number of sheep!
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Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Jon Feather

  • Joined Jun 2015
  • South West Cumbria
Re: Feed crops for sheep???
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2016, 03:33:47 pm »
We only have 12 sheep and maybe 18-20 after lambing  :thumbsup: so we will only be sowing a bed or 3 in the veg garden.  We just thought it would give us another option when the short of grass.


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