Ewe rations

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  1. Green farmer

    Green farmer Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Was speaking to the mill today and they said they’d make me up whatever ration I wanted. Any suggestions as to a simple 18% ration that wouldn’t break the bank ? I’m told soya hulls and maize meal can be bought at the right money atm.
     
  2. Soya barley sugar beet and minerals
     
  3. Yep all good .
    But I wouldn't bother with the SB
     
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  4. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    I would
     
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  5. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Perfect ration
     
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  6. Yeah its healthy food for em

    But It's a bit dear for what it is feed valuewise that's all .
     
  7. Very easy to give ewes acidosis In late preganancy I would say it is well worthwhile in this application. I started my Hoggs off with sugar beet mixed in but I have now I have removed it now they are settled onto feed.
     
  8. Green farmer

    Green farmer Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Was hoping to include ingredients, that would be cheaper the price. Would feeding soya hulls, with soya bean meal with minerals added in work ?
     
  9. Yep,and soya hull s got good fibre as an extra benifit
     
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  10. Green farmer

    Green farmer Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Thanks, think I’m going to try something like that. I’m broke from buying expensive lamb finishers/ ewe rations that are often full of fillers I don’t particularly want.
     
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  11. Dkb

    Dkb Member

    I use a 25% soya 50% barley 10% oats 12.5% beet pulp 2.5% minerals ration for January lambing pedigrees for the last two years and will never change away.

    it’s 10% dearer than the different rations I had used in the last few years. But it’s like comparing a rolls Royce to a push bike
     
  12. Green farmer

    Green farmer Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    What’s the easiest way to get the minerals into them ? Can you buy premixed minerals 25kg bags ?
     
  13. livestock 1

    livestock 1 Member

    You could change the sugarbeet for wheatfeed pellets if they are better value they usually are
     
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  14. Not 25kg, from memory, but yes you can buy powdered mineral bags for sheep or cattle. I buy from Harbro, but plenty others will sell too.
     
  15. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    They ain’t as good as SB...but what is
     
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  16. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    @Adam@Rumen
     
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  17. livestock 1

    livestock 1 Member

    Whole beet?
     
  18. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Won’t do their teeth any good
     
  19. livestock 1

    livestock 1 Member

    Use 4/500 tonne here never noticed any difference
     
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  20. Yes you can easily get loose minerals it is the mixing in thats nots so easy to do, a nimble use of loader bucket in a nice smooth concrete corner ... would be a basic way faster than the old chain and slat mixers that used to be on a lot of farms …
    but blend pellets are a better though more expensive way of doing it as they are easier than powder to mix correctly and they will have protein in as well so just need to add whole cereals .. oats and maybe also a bit of barley for higher energy.. if you could borrow a mixer/feeder wagon and do up a mix?
    I bought an old ex beef unit small wagon and my simplest to do good feed is just whole oats and blend pellet ( small 34% protein pellet with soya and minerals) mixed in the wagon it has got working weigh cells which make it even easier.

    timely bolussing would be a way of making sure they have vits and mins.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
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