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|prv3130||Posted 07/30/12 12:54AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Just curious. I've read that wet feeding can be beneficial to the sheep. We've had them on just dry grain and alfalfa until now. 30 days to fair and I'd like to try wetting the feed so we can introduce OG's shake. How much water do we add each time and how do we increase it and to what level?|
|prv3130||Posted 07/30/12 01:03AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|I guess I should add that we are feeding 1 1/2 lbs of grain per lamb ( separate buckets) in morning and evening. I just did a search on the topic but I just want to make sure that we should start at 2 oz per bucket. Does that make sense?
|OG||Posted 07/30/12 05:41AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|prv3130..on young feeder lambs the way we introduced the lamb to wet feed was we simply skipped a feeding so the lamb would be added hungry for the introductory feeding..we would mix 2 oz. of water to the feeding, mix thoroughly with hand...if the lamb didn't eat it readily we simply added another shandful of dry ration to the mix..two ounces will just make the ration moist...then next feeding the same two ounces...then the 2nd day we added one ounce of water to the ration and then we added an additional ounce until we were adding 10 oz. of water to the sration each feeding...wet feeding has several advantages, first, especially after you exercise, then feed, and now with the heat wave of the summer, an animal eats 2-3 lbs of dry feed..they become "cotton mouthed" while eating...their desire for food overcomes the desire for water, they consume their ration then head to the water bucket and they gulp down 35-38 big swallows of water...in contrast, wet ration contains added on water, they do not get "cotton mouthed" during the feeding period...they finish their ration, then go to the water bucket and drinf 15-18 normal swallows of water...they will drink the same amount of water in a 24 hr. period, just distribute the amount consumed each watering more efficiently...now, if you are using a drench, such as the egg drench, instead of applying 10 oz. of water to the ration just pour 10 oz. of the egg drench to the ration and mix it up...that way, you have not violated any stupid drench rule, and the animal received the wet ration with the same pleasure as adding water to it...also, by adding water to the ration, if you shoulod open a bag of "stale feed", the water will take care of the stalness and the lamb will never know...hey, I would get the lamb on the wet stuff asap and since he is an older lamb you probably could increase the amount of water by two ounces each day instead of one...OG|
|KO||Posted 07/30/12 08:44AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Wet feed is a good thing.
We did it similarly to OG. We started with 2oz at each feeding on day 1. Then added 4oz in each feeding on day 2. We increased until we were using over 20 oz of water at each feeding.
Then when we used the OG drench...we added 10 oz drench and about 10 oz water together. If we added a different kind of drench (like a dry powdered...(such as Show Shake or 2Hydrate from 4U2WIN) we just added the powder in the dry feed then added the water. It sure made it easy.
|prv3130||Posted 07/30/12 09:01AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Thank you! We'll try it!|
|sssntk5||Posted 07/30/12 09:25AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Does wet feeding slow down the growth rate? Someone told us it did.|
|EmsoffLambs||Posted 07/30/12 11:10AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|No. It helps to keep the lamb hydrated while at the same time reducing the "tanking up" on water and the big belly that follows. Also makes it easier to add liquid supplements, such as shakes or electrolytes, without drenching. |
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 07/30/12 11:13AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|no if anything it would increase growth rate once they get used to it.
we slowly introduce water over sevaral days some lambs go to it fine others will have nothing to do with it, I have 2 doing that this year and sevaral lambs leaving grain every time just a handful.
but it is a great way to introduce OG's drench.
|TXsheepRaiser||Posted 07/30/12 12:34PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Wet Feeding is a must if you use electrolytes at shows that do not allow drench guns in the pens or at the show at all. Its also a good way to make sure there drinking water. We start out just getting the feed damp, and just increase water as the lamb gets familar with the water in the feed. Note: Some dive right into it and are easier than those pickier eaters that take awhile to adjust. Just stay on top and you'll have sheep being able to just drink the drench right out of the feed bucket..
|l4lambs||Posted 07/30/12 02:38PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|When feeding wet feed, can this be done from the time you purchased your lambs, until show, or is this something to switch to on a time frame before show? i have never used the wet feed, but have used OG's drench. Thinking of switching to wet feeding??
|OG||Posted 07/30/12 02:49PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|14lambs..we introduced the lambs to wet feeding just as soon as they were over the weaning process and climatized to their new environment which included eating the grain ration readily...usually we started them off on Sat. AM by skipping the Friday PM feeding to have them hungry and then added 2 oz of water to the ration, mix it by hand and put it in their feed trough..most will eat it readily without being hesitant, however, if they did not we simply added another hand full or two of the dry ration to the feed trough, and this would do the trick..I added one oz. each day until reching 10 oz...if you want to feed more than 10 oz. it's okay, just do not over do it...OG|
|nancee||Posted 07/30/12 03:41PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|My daughter wet feeds both her lambs and puts about 12 ounces in their feed each feeding. It makes it to a soupy consistancy and they lap it right up. It helps with everything mentioned also with lambs who tend to choke or eat too fast it kind of slows them down a litte bit. |
|l4lambs||Posted 08/02/12 10:56AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|When feeding wet feed, will it have a negative affect if you are feeding a powder supplement, like Purina Heavyweight Should the supplement be added on tob of the wet feed or can it be blended in the weet feed|
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 08/02/12 12:00PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|mix it in |
|gabby281||Posted 08/05/12 03:33PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|When adding water to the feed do you feed less of the feed or use the same amount. It makes it look like a lot of feed. I dont want to over feed.|
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 08/05/12 08:20PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|the amount doesn't need to change it looks like more because of the swelling of the feed|
|TXsheepRaiser||Posted 08/05/12 11:12PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Gabby all your doing is adding water to the feed..|
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