Provide proper lamb nutrition with these simple tips
It’s one thing to know when and what to feed your lamb, but it’s another to know exactly how to properly mix feed and offer it to your newborn to ensure it’s receiving the right amount of nutrition.
Follow the label instructions
The most important advice we can provide is to follow the mixing instructions listed on the package of the specific product you are feeding. It is also recommended to measure the weight of powder with a scale because it’s more accurate than measuring by volume with a scoop or cup.
Be mindful of temperature
Feeding milk replacer at the lamb’s body temperature, about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, will encourage optimal consumption. If you are using an automated feeder, however, it is best to feed a colder mix to prevent overconsumption. As emphasized above, always follow the mixing and water temperature instructions on the package as the recommendation will vary by product formulation.
Keep things sanitary
Bacteria can grow very quickly on feeding equipment, so maintaining proper sanitation is important for your lamb’s health. To ensure this, wash your bottles and nipples in soapy water and rinse well after every feeding. In addition to this, never mix new colostrum or milk replacer with already-mixed product that has been left sitting out without refrigeration.
Allow your equipment to dry thoroughly after cleaning, as moisture creates the optimal breeding ground for bacteria. Lastly, check the nipples for damage, such as cracks, because it can lead to over consumption or faster-than-usual feedings that could cause digestive upset.
If your lamb does happen to have digestive upset or develops scours, it is imperative to make sure they are getting enough nutrients and are staying hydrated. They will need to have their electrolytes replenished through an electrolyte supplement such as Sav-A-Caf® Electrolytes Plus™ Supplement. This will help reverse the loss of essential nutrients in the lamb’s body.
Keep in mind that electrolyte supplements do not contain all the nutrients of milk replacer. Electrolytes should be offered in addition to the lamb’s normal diet.
If your lamb contracts an illness, your veterinarian will be the best source of information and advice for caring for sick lambs.
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