How Much Hay?

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  1. 6e

    6e Farm lovin wife Supporter

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    How much hay should a large breed sheep get per head per day when supplemented with grain?
     
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    3-5% of its body weight in roughage.
     

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    So each 250 pound sheep would get a quarter of a sq. bale per day? Ouch. That's a lot of hay!
     
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    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Glad my sheep average only 150 pounds!! I budget 5-7 pounds per sheep of mixed clover timothy/native grass or alfalfa timothy native grass hay.
     
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    I'm not really sure how much they weigh. They're Hampshires and I know they can be that big, so I average it on the large side.
     
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    Mature ewes 200, mature rams 275. Yes, that's a lot of hay.
     
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    If you have enough sheep youd be better of to use large round bales. Around here they are about $25 each and usually equal at least 12 small bales each
     
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    Man, I think I need to move to where you are! Round bales here are going between $35 and $50 a bale and that's just prairie hay. I've never seen hay as high as it is this year. Square bales of just grass hay have been between $4 and 5 a bale. This was a bad year to go into sheep! But my husband just said, "Well, you have to take the good with the bad."
     
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    I'd be jumping for joy at $4 a bale, if it were nice hay. We pay anywhere from $5-$9 for local, depending on the size of the bale, and up to $15 now for timothy.
     
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    Well, maybe we both need to move! LOL
    It shouldn't be that high here. The whole east side of the state is nothing but grass.