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    Adding barley to lamb ration

    Feeding lambs ration in creep feeder for over 2 weeks, the ration is barley and wheat based.. Was thinking of adding rolled barley to ration at 50/50 rate as rolled barley good bit cheaper than ration so will end up with a ration with a higher rolled barley in .. Could it b any problems with it?

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    Re: Adding barley to lamb ration

    You should be OK but always be mindful that odd ones could pig out on it given half a chance and it can be fatal.
    For example make sure they are all at the trough when you put it in not just a few getting it without the others realising you visited.
    Also as you get batches away reduce the amount you give them proportionately.

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    Re: Adding barley to lamb ration

    Had disastrous experiences creep feeding barley to lambs and would never do it again. Acidosis and instant death being the main ones. Stick with a proper mixed or pelletted ration for the job.

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    Re: Adding barley to lamb ration

    Quote Originally Posted by grassmanman View Post
    Had disastrous experiences creep feeding barley to lambs and would never do it again. Acidosis and instant death being the main ones. Stick with a proper mixed or pelletted ration for the job.
    I'll second that. Wheat is even worse where as oats is safer.
    Don't itch for something if you're not prepared to scratch for it.

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    Re: Adding barley to lamb ration

    dont roll any cereal for sheep ever ! yes barley will feed ok , but it needs to introduced gradually in troughs ,dont just pour it in preferabally with some sbp or similar to start , or just add small amount to creep and gradually change over , safest option is oats even then needs care introducing it , Straight oats or barley /oats on their own work well once introduced .
    wheat is to hot for sheep unless small amounts in the mix and will make soft flabby fat

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    Re: Adding barley to lamb ration

    The safest effective mix for fattening lambs is a 3:1 mix of beet pulp and distillers dark grains. And if they're outdoors on grass
    they shouldn't need added minerals.

    It's more expensive than cereal mixes, but I have a feeling it will be less palatable for badgers and crows. But of course one would need
    to be sure that if badgers have access, beet pulp would cause them no harm.

    And yes, never ever process cereals for sheep of any kind.

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    Re: Adding barley to lamb ration

    Barley has caused trouble for us also.

    just had a big shock losing 12 store lambs from a batch of 40. Brought in from grass, trained them on high fibre, low ish protein. Then transferred to a pen with ad lib 18% protein. 12 dead within 36 hours. Called the vet, cut them open, diagnosed as stress/acidosis.

    Couldnt handle the two feed changes. We've been doing this for years, never this problem before. Never used the low protein feed before, thought it would be easier on the lambs. Oops

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