Presentation on theme: "SHEEP CREEP FEEDING WEANING KEITH VANDER VELDE CENTRAL DISTRICT SPECIALIST."— Presentation transcript:
SHEEP CREEP FEEDING WEANING KEITH VANDER VELDE CENTRAL DISTRICT SPECIALIST
Creep-feeding Benefits: –Increase Lamb Weaning Weight –Improves ewe body condition –Reduces pasture consumption –Reduces lamb stress at Weaning –Allows twins to grow like singles
Creep-feeding Profitability –When grain is cheap and calf prices high –Herd has large number of young ewes –Pastures or feed for ewes is short –Lambs are being sold as feeders not retained –Lambs are born in late winter –Market premiums for bloomy lambs
Creep-feeding Not Recommended –When forage is abundant –Ewes are heavy milkers –Weaned lambs are retained on high-roughage feed –Periods of high grain and low lamb prices –Ewe lambs are retained as herd replacements
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