Guide to Feeding Your Sheep

Today we'll talk about the proper nutrition for your sheep. Sheep get the majority of their nutritional needs from the following in no particular order:

- Hay
- Silage
- Grains
- Pasture

Hay is a useful source of food for feeding sheep particularly when pasture is readily available. This usually happens when the weather is not suitable for grazing or the animals are just retained a barn for a period of time. Hay may come in different forms but experts agree that if your to feed hay to your sheep delineate the kind of hay you will feed them Mixed hay derived from grass, legumes and different herbaceous plants like second-cutting or mixed grass types are cheaper when your sheep are under gestation period. You should reserve the higher quality type of hay like Alfalfa hay for lactating ewes as it promotes better milk production and comprises a high concentration of protein and calcium. Be sure that your hay stack is clear of mold and must.

Silage is a succulent variety of fodder for sheep. It is composed mainly of plant material from corn, oats and others and retained a silo covered by plastic. Its moisture content is high and a great source nutrient for your sheep. The lactic acid that builds up during its production serves as a preservative for your stock supply. In feeding sheep, do not serve frozen or moldy silage to your flock and dispose of those that do not pass your quality inspection.

Grains are employed for supplemental nutrition in the whole diet plan of your sheep herd. Corn, soybean in addition to oat, sorghum and wheat are used extensively for grain feeding. As a meal replacement each kind of grain has its nutritional value at the top of the chain are corns and soybean. To help you pick out which grain is better for you try to figure in the charges of each grain choice and from there you can make an assessment.

Pasture is the primary and staple source of food for your sheep. Having a great supply of pasture as a matter of fact is sufficient to meet the requirements of your sheep with respect to their nutritional requirements. The ideal pasture would be derived from leafy vegetation no more than six inches tall. Over seeding clover during winter on your pasture will ensure that the forage in your area is enough come grazing season. When you set about feeding sheep or grazing you will notice that not all areas have adequate pasture to graze on.

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