lamb creep feed

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  1. cjean

    cjean Well-Known Member

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    We'd like to get away from feeding our lambs the medicated creep pellets, so I'm looking for good alternatives, that won't be too expensive. We don't have access to soy meal here, either. Anyone have ideas?

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  2. ONThorsegirl

    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

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    why not corn and barley?

    We normally start on the specific creep feed mix for lambs, once well started on that we gradually change it to cracked corn and barley. after on that for a while we would then switch over to whole corn and whole barley. This is what they would stay on. As thats what we feed to the ewes. You could always mix mollases in with the corn and barley if you wanted.

    Thats just my idea!
     

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    cjean Well-Known Member

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    Yep, we usually switch over from med. creep to sweet c.o.b. but the cost of corn based feeds is really sky-rocketing. We're trying to find a cheaper, but beneficial, feed to mix up.
     
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    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

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    Oh I know!!! I work at a feed store, and the corn is really going up, I think barley will be our main feed source this winter.

    Good Luck!!
     
  5. FreeRanger

    FreeRanger Well-Known Member

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    Might this be the time when farmers start thinking about NOT creep feeding? Seems un-natural to me to be creep feeding in the first place. I never creep feed my sheep and yet they still grow and the buyers say they are tastee.

    What did shepherds do before there was "creep" feed. Oh yeah, they feed the sheep grass.....and let the lambs slowly wean off the ewe. Wow, that was sooo long ago we can hardly remember how to raise animals with out processing the food first......

    Oh, just ignore me today, I am in a mood......

    By the way, recent studies have confirmed that livestock feed organic processed food are the same as livestock feed non-organic food. The meat only improves when the livestock is raised on grass pasture.
     
  6. cjean

    cjean Well-Known Member

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    Organic? Who's talking organic? If we can't afford corn, we surely aren't gonna afford organic corn.

    Last spring, we chose not to creep feed the lambs, and cut them off grain way earlier. Come butchering time, they were all much smaller than the lambs from the year before. Sure, the meat tastes the same - but there is much less of it.

    That's just our experience. Not gonna argue with anyone about anything.
     
  7. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Modern sheep modern farming practices, creep feedng most breeds pays very well even at todays grain prices. COB is OK but if soy is not available you can add wheat for more protein or even brewers grains. Hey if you really want to save money go industrial and use nitrogen or anhydrous and spike up the protein in your hay silage high mosture grains etc. :) no?
     
  8. cjean

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    Hmmmm, 'save money, go industrial'.....now there's a concept. :baby04:

    Thanks for the wheat tip, Ross. We'll see what's available around here..
     
  9. ONThorsegirl

    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

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    Ross, where are you buying your feed? how much is Creep in your area?

    Melissa
     
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    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I get corn next door from a neighbor who grows mega acres of the stuff, I grew oats and barley myself this year, and soy comes fom the local feed stores unless I feed raw bean then again neighbors. Cost? Hmmmm I dunno I used stored corn and oats and just picked up 4 tons of corn screenings that were sorta free.
     
  11. ONThorsegirl

    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

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    Sounds good! I wish we had neighbors who grew alot of Crop, being only 2 farmers on our road, one farmer with lots of land and us. We don't grow any crops, just hay so it hard to find. I have been buying Corn the cheapest in Kemptville. But other than that I have to buy all of my feed from the feed stores, and even at the Woolgrowers where I work, is still expensive.

    Melissa
     
  12. therealshari

    therealshari FourCountryGals.com

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    Funny thing, our lambs really didn't care for creep. They were content to eat alfalfa and drink mama's milk. We keep our sheep penned year round and feed either straight alfalfa or a tri-mix hay twice a day.

    We flush with sweet feed a couple times a year. Our ram gets flushed for about a month before he "goes to work", and our ewes are flushed for four weeks in the fall and then for six weeks in the spring just before lambing and for the first month after lambing. They each typically get about 4 ounces of sweet feed each morning.

    We have black Merino/Suffolk cross and our lambs reach market weight (100 pounds) in about 26 weeks.
     
  13. heritagefarmer

    heritagefarmer Belties are Best!

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    I'm with you, our horned dorsets get no grain EVER, only cull carrots or turnips at flushing or just before lambing.
    my dorset ram lambs this year, (ring castrated at 4/5 days) were 100# at 18 weeks, plenty big enough for my hotel customer.
    Horned dorsets grow so fast, if you keep them too long, they just get fat. Ran 7 ewes and 13 lambs on 2 x 2 acre paddocks, rotatting week in/week out, from mid April, and they will hopefully be out till Mid Dec, they have hay, but the round bale has lasted 7 weeks so far, they are not really eating much of it yet.
    When we get some real snow, around Xmas, they'll come into the barn, with access to outside at all times.
    I'm in Prince Edward Island, Eastern Canada.