Guide to
Milk feeding lambs

What is the best milk feeding option for your system?

Of course every flock will differ and this will depend on the flock size, amount of labour available, cost, own preference, and how you want the lambs to perform. There are several different feeding methods available; Shine Ewe-reka is available in both instant (blue bag) and free-flow (pink bag) versions and suitable for all types of feeding systems.

What are the advantages of bottle feeding?

  • It is inexpensive
  • Easy to clean

What are the disadvantages of bottle feeding?

  • Only suitable for small numbers of lambs
  • This is the most labour intensive system and care must be taken not to overfeed as this can lead to bloat.

Can I feed lambs Ad-lib Milk?

Cold Ad-lib feeding is a popular and easy to operate system. Using a bucket and preferably two teat lines, lambs are able to drink milk ad-lib in small quantities throughout the day. Lambs can achieve live weight gains of 300g per day on this system and can be finished at 100 days on ad-lib concentrates.

What is the mixing rate?

Mix 250 g powder with 1L warm water

Can I feed Shine Ewe-reka through an automatic feeder?

In larger flocks where there are no shortage of orphan lambs the automatic feeders are commonly used to feed the lambs. Again Shine Ewe-reka lamb milk is ideally suited to this method of feeding and lambs can achieve high levels of performance.

When should I wean lambs?

Ideally lambs should be eating at least 200g of high CP concentrate before weaning. This is important so that there s no risk of a growth check once taken off milk. In addition to dry feed intake, lambs fed ad lib should be at least 35 days and 15 kg and thriving.

Transformula

23% milk protein

Transition milk is the milk cows produce after colostrum and before they produce what we consider milk. It is higher in most nutrients and antibodies and is beneficial to feed to calves. However, the effect of high TBC’s in transition milk and the risk of spreading disease offset these benefits. Using Transformula is the perfect solution and gives baby calves what baby calves need.

A skim and whey milk replacer using milk protein with added immune-stimulants and probiotics for feeding calves in the first days of life.

 

  • Over 200g of low heat skim milk, buttermilk and concentrated whey protein in every 300g of feed.
  • Allows farmers to reduce medicine usage with young calves. Transformula contains 10 times the level of anti- scour agents found in standard calf milk.
  • Saves ½- ¾ hour work every day.
  • Contains Kryptonite – a plant extract to ensure the small intestine is a hostile environment for pathogens.
  • Contains buttermilk which reduces stomach upsets and feed refusals as it acts as an emulsifier enhancing fat breakdown and it contains a lactic acid flavour. Additionally, it can reduce rotavirus infectivity.
  • It contains a blend of oils which increases digestibility of fat for the calf; it is important to have a good mix of short, medium and long chained fatty acids. Additionally, it contains a blend of Omega 6:3 oils that increase the calf’s ability to combat pneumonia.

Mixing rate

Add 1 L jug of powder to 3 ½ L jugs of water (this will make enough milk replacer to feed 2 calves per feed) or 140g of powder made up to 1L of mixed Transformula.  

Feeding rate

Day 1 Colostrum up to 10% of calf’s body weight or 4L in first 2 hours of life
Day 2+ 280g in 1 ¾ L of warm water twice a day

 

  • Feeding recommendations based on 42kg Holstein Friesian calf. Adjust accordingly for small calves, twins and other breeds.
  • If disease challenges are high, feed for up to 21 days and then change to milk replacer

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Bonanza Calf Nutrition

Producers of the renowned Shine range of milk replacers for calves and lambs.

 

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