Rainproof sheep lick?

Macsky

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Highland
If you don’t need the buckets after use, cut a slot with an angle grinder down the buckets so that the rain always has somewhere to drain as the lick is consumed.
 

Jonp

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Gwent
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sheep fight over these. No buckets to blow around...about £12 each.
 

Jonp

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Gwent
Three between 100+ ewes lasts under a week. Don't find teeth lying around. They aren't rock hard and even the older ewes with diminishing teeth have a go by licking them. Loose teeth are loose teeth and will come out tugging on grass or bushes or licks I suppose.
 

Guleesh

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Isle of Skye
Do you find there hard on there teeth?
Very hard on teeth from what I've seen, I was recently checking mouths of ewes for selling for somebody that feeds similar looking blocks, Even ewes at 4/5 years old had teeth worn all the way down to the gums. Only thing is, I suppose teeth wearing down evenly, even if all the way down to the gum, is still easier on the ewe than having long loose teeth or gaps.
 

Jonp

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Gwent
Only get them for three weeks before tupping but take your point about teeth. Last year fed cake as ewes were under condition. Managed grass better this year and ewes looking good hence blocks.
Maybe next year no blocks after I check their teeth at scanning time.
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
I remember Dad using Rumevite blocks years ago. He used to put them in a round metal container, I'm guessing designed to perfectly fit a round block. Do you put yours on grass with or without container or similar?

Far too mean to buy their branded tubs, I’ve only ever fed them in cut off plastic 45 gallon drums. Remove the caps, or drill holes in the bottom, and the rainwater drains off.

They’re too damned expensive to just chuck out on the ground, but then I’m never using them in a hill scenario.
 

S J H

Member
Location
Bedfordshire
I remember Dad using Rumevite blocks years ago. He used to put them in a round metal container, I'm guessing designed to perfectly fit a round block. Do you put yours on grass with or without container or similar?

I haven’t fed them for a couple of years, but if I didn’t use the proper tubs, they’d eat away at the corners and get through them quicker. The new tubs have a slot down the side to let the water out.
 

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