Farm Table says:
Author Ross Waller states that historically finishing prime lambs on grain has “been a real mixed bag of success and tragedy”.
He states that to be successful you must have a basic understanding of sheep nutrition, particularly in relation to the digestive system. In short, the digestive system of a sheep is not suited to grain. Lambs must adapt to grain and this doesn’t happen overnight.
Waller provides the following tips:
- Don’t vaccination with 3 in 1 or 6 in 1 today and put lambs onto full ration the next day (vaccines take time to work). Do all this at
least 10 days before introduction into a feedlot.
- Take 2 weeks to put onto grain, starting at 200 grams/hd/day and adjust by 50g/hd/day.
- Use a composite premix that contains buggers
- Use a liquid mineral fortifier in first few weeks
- Shade and shelter
- Observation is key
- If there is a death, investigate it
- Background and imprint.