Sheep

Nutrition plays a vital role in the overall productivity, health, and well-being of the sheep flock. Because feed price account for around two-thirds of the total cost of production on most Virginia sheep farms, it is important that manufacturer consider nutrition management a top priority. Nutrient requirements meeting of sheep vary with differences in age, body weight, and stage of growth. The five major categories of nutrients required by sheep are: water, energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. During the grazing period, sheep are able to meet their nutrient requirements from pasture a salt and mineral supplement. Hay is given to the flock when forages are limited, and grain may be added to the diet at particular stages of production when additional nutrient supplementation is required. Small grain pastures or stockpiled fescue grass can supply up to one-half of the feed requirements of the ewe flock during the winter. For winter-born lambs, creep diets and the diets for early-weaned lambs are formulated from high energy feed grains and protein supplements to promote accelerated production. Grazing season, pastures of mixed grass and clover, alfalfa, small grain, and turnip plays as excellent role of nutrition for growing lambs. A source of clean, fresh water is provided to sheep at all times.

  • Sheep Health and Physiology
  • Sheep nutrition and feeding
  • Sheep Feed Supplement
  • Lamb feed
  • Creep feeding
  • Commercial sheep feed & management

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