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lambs

LAMBS



Starter Stage:

Over the first 7-10 days, gradually transition to 618BOV - 18 Lamb Starter Grower Pellet. Do this by mixing the breeder’s feed with the 618BOV feed.

Management:

Weigh your lambs on a regular basis; minimum of every two weeks, weekly is ideal. Weigh them on the same day of the week and same time of day. Record your data. Market lambs will normally gain 4-7# per week depending on your exercise program and desired rate of gain.

Grower Stage:          

  • Do not restrict the amount of feed that your lambs will eat during this time. Full feed 618BOV - 18 Lamb Starter Grower Pellet until your lambs weigh approximately 75-80#. Full feeding means to feed your lambs two to three times per day.  Each time give them enough feed so that there are only a few crumbs left by the next feeding.  (If the feeder is completely dry with no feed left by each feeding, you are not feeding enough.  Give them a little more until you achieve the desired results stated above).
  • Give each lamb two “softball” sized amounts of mixed alfalfa-grass hay per day (make sure it is soft and not stemmy).  Lambs are a ruminant animal, so they need some long-stem fiber/roughage in their diet. Too much hay will give them a “hay belly”.  Do not let your lambs eat pasture or grass in the yard!  Giving pasture or grass to a market lamb is the same as too much hay.

Showmanship:

  • Begin training program.
  • Break lambs to lead with a poly-rope halter.
  • Practice setting legs and holding head in proper show positions daily.
  • When walking your lambs, stand on your lamb’s left side.  Keep your right hand on the halter, approximately 3-4” from the lamb’s face (the remainder of the halter can be loosely held in your left hand).   Lamb’s left shoulder should be at your right leg when walking.
  • Trim feet at least monthly.

Finisher Stage:

  • Once lambs weigh 75-80# and are starting to put on some cover, begin full feeding T6918FOC - Show Star.
  • Give each lamb two “softball” sized amounts of mixed alfalfa-grass hay per day (make sure it is soft and not stemmy).  Lambs are a ruminant animal, so they need some long-stem fiber/roughage in their diet. Too much hay will give them a “hay belly”.  Do not let your lambs eat pasture or grass in the yard!  Giving pasture or grass to a market lamb is the same as too much hay.
  • When lambs weigh 120#, feed intake may need to be limited in order to maintain proper finish and condition.

Showmanship:

Begin an isometric exercise program for proper conditioning of lambs prior to show.  Isometrics deal with muscular contractions that produce deep muscular development.  A constant force or strain is placed on the muscle through pushing, pressing or pulling against an immovable object.

  • Place your lamb on a slightly elevated grooming stand and press against his chest with your hand.  Hold for 5-10 seconds, then release.
  • Try ten “sets” with a short rest period in between.
  • Each day increase the duration of each set and decrease the number of sets.
  • Continue training daily.
  • Begin training without the use of the halter.  Same principles; only control lamb with your hands.

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