Increasing protein levels

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  1. prairiecomforts

    prairiecomforts Well-Known Member

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    The area I live in has suffered a severe drought and hay is hard to find and expensive to boot. I was able to buy some year old hay from a guy who lives 80 miles north of me, so I am considering myself lucky as i was able to buy for my animals and there are some here that are having to sell because they can't. ANyway - to my question - the hay I bought is not that great of quality and I am wondering who I can supplimate my sheep and goats to make sure that they get what they need for protein. I have oats - but there is no corn around here at all. both the sheep and goats are getting their respective minerals and salt - but is there something I can offer grain wise that would give them more protein?
     
  2. ONThorsegirl

    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

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    I'm no pro, but I know we added soyabean meal to our show sheeps grain to up the protein.

    Melissa
     

  3. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    We try to feed roasted soybean or micronized soy bean as a suppliment, meal is OK but I feel the sheep are able to actually eat the crushed bean better. I'm no fan of pelleted feed but they work OK as a suppliment. You can talk to your vet or feed ration expert about treating the hay with nitrogen to boost protein.........
     
  4. prairiecomforts

    prairiecomforts Well-Known Member

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    Ross - when you feed meal, don't you have problems with dust? I talked to our feed place about getting something mixed up, if I provided them with the ration, and believe it or not - they laughed when I said it was for sheep and goats!! I walked out talking to myself a little about that one! :shrug:
     
  5. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    it's not really a dry fly about dust, more like moist-ish crumbly dust. The biggest problem i found was waste, and I don't feed it often. Can't say I ever connected it to a breathing ailment or choking etc.
     
  6. YuccaFlatsRanch

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    Add molassas to the feed - it will eliminate the dustiness and really imporves the flavor. We use soy bean meal and alfalfa pellets to up the protein in our special sheep mix.
     
  7. Triffin

    Triffin Well-Known Member

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    If you've got an ethanol plant in your area ..
    Check with them on the DDGs ( distillers dried grains )
    great souce of protein for livestock .. and should be cheap ..

    Triff ..