02/25/10, 08:32 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Lamb formula recipe
Here is the lamb formula recipe I recieved from my mentor. She uses it on all of her bottle lambs and it's cheaper than the store bought stuff. It is supposed to be from a sheep rancher in Australia originally. I use it and for me it has worked fine. Thought I would pass it along use it or don't at you own discretion. I actually pour out about 3 1/2 to 4 cups of the whole milk to get it all to fit. Sorry about the typo from earlier.
homemade lamb replacer
Things You'll Need:
• 1 gallon whole milk
• 2 cups buttermilk
• 1 can evaporated milk
• whipping cream
• baking soda
1. Step 1
2. Pour 3 cups of the milk out of the gallon jug. I have to dump almost four out to get it all to fit.
3. Step 2
4. Now pour in the evaporated milk and the buttermilk.
5. Step 3
6. Fill the rest of the jug with the whipping cream. By whipping cream I mean the stuff you buy in the quart container that's essentially straight cream. Shake well. You're done!
Tips & Warnings
• The baking soda comes into play when you fill a bottle. Add 1/8th teaspoon of baking soda to every 12 ounce bottle of milk replacer. The baking soda acts as an antacid, to help neutralize the PH in case of sour stomach.
• Once your babies are a few weeks old, make the transition from warm milk to cold. The producer I learned this from raises over 1000 sheep a year, and typically has around 200-300 bummer lambs. He said that when they switched from warmed milk to cold, their mortality rate from bloat dropped from 15% to about 1%. With my own flock, my lamb mortality rate dropped to 0%. As cold milk takes longer to sour and ferment, it makes sense that it would reduce the incidence of bloat.
Last edited by Citychick; 02/25/10 at 07:54 PM.
Reason: I needed to adjust the cups. I typed what was emailed to me sorry.