Show Lambs and Lamb Genetics 812-871-5700
When raising show lambs, you want quality rams and ewes that exhibit the highest standards of muscle, soundness, wool, milkability, pedigree, and several other superior genetic traits. But the only way sheep will achieve these champion traits is if they are very-well cared for in all aspects of living. And the most influential factor is their diet and nutrition. A sheep’s diet should, at the very least
, contain energy, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and water.
Continue reading to learn the 6 basic parts of proper sheep nutrition, and who to contact for expert lamb genetics near you.
Sheep Nutrition Should At Least Include:
Energy is sourced from grains, primarily. This includes pasture grass, hay, silage, and other forms of starches and carbohydrates. But energy can also come from fats and excess proteins. Although it makes up for the majority of a sheep’s diet, it is the most limiting in terms of nutrients. That is why sheep cannot survive on grain feed alone.
Protein is another critical part of a sheep’s nutritional plan. And you can expect it to be the most expensive part as well. Because the rumen manufactures protein from amino acids, the amount of protein in a sheep’s diet is usually more important than the quality. But this is arguable. Common types of protein fed to sheep include soybean meal, whole soy beans, peanut meal, sunflower meal, fish meal and alfalfa pellets. If harvested in their early to mid-bloom stage, legume hay can be used as an intermediate source of protein.
Fiber can come from various sources, including their energy and protein sources. It is a vital part of their diet, not only because it adds bulk, but also because it increases rumination and salivation, which helps to keep the rumen functioning properly. It is recommended to feed flocks one pound of fiber, per head, per day. If you catch sheep chewing on wool or wood, they may not have enough roughage in their diet.
There are 16 different minerals that livestock agriculturalists recommend for a sheep’s diet. These include chloride (Cl), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sodium (Na), and sulfur (S). Micro-minerals are also necessary, but only in small amounts, and include cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), fluoride (Fl), iodine (I), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), selenium (Se), and zinc (Zn).
Just like minerals, experts recommend feeding sheep a series of vitamins as well, namely vitamins A, D, and E. But dietary supplements are not necessary.
Arguably the most important aspect of a sheep’s diet is water. All living organisms require water to sustain health and life, and sheep are no different. Sheep require clean, fresh water on a daily basis. Enough water for every head to consume 4 gallons of water per day.
Indiana Show Lambs and Lamb Genetics
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