Lamb formula recipe

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  1. Citychick

    Citychick Homemaker, Homesteader,

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    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


    Instructions
    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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
     
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  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    We feed warm milk to start but switch to cold. I think I read somewhere they'll actually drink more cold milk to warmed over the day.

    Is the whole milk homogonized milk or fresh?
     

  3. MJFarms

    MJFarms Well-Known Member

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    How can you pour out 3 cups then pour in 2 cups and a can of milk and have any room for the cream?
     
  4. Citychick

    Citychick Homemaker, Homesteader,

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    I pour out a little more. Sorry about the typo I have the one I adjusted on the fridge this is the one off of my email. I'll fix it.
     
  5. Bret4207

    Bret4207 Well-Known Member

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    I don't see how this can be anywhere near cheaper than milk replacer. A gallon of whole milk is at least $1.99, butter milk is more, the cream more yet and so is the evaporated milk. It looks to me like you have milk replacer thats running close to $4.00 a gallon. I get a bag of milk replacer for, say, $35.00 and that makes over 50 gallons of feed.

    The stuff might work great but I don't see it being cheaper.