Post by talithathecow15 on Jul 11, 2019 14:31:12 GMT -5
So I have two bottle lambs that were born on May 12th and May 17th. When can I wean them? I am almost out of milk replacer and really don't want to buy more. I give them each about 500mL of milk twice a day (1,000mL per lamb). Can I switch to one bottle a day (possibly split into two feedings so that they don't freak out as much about the schedule change)? They are being fed 16% lamb pellets (as much as they want) and have access to pasture 24/7.
They could be weaned, but they're young to be and might not grow very fast if weaned now. If they were mine, I'd buy 1 more bag and try to get them closer to 3 months old rather than 2. For comparison, our lambs are kept on momma for 4-5 months, which is very long compared to others, but studies show that feeding milk at least 90-120 days grows the healthiest lamb.
Either way, when you do wean them, it's nice to go to 1 bottle a day for a while to wean gradually. Get them less used to having the bottle, but still once a day to keep them comfortable.
Jersey cow family: Samson's Rosita (age 3) & Virtuoso Briar Rose (age 2) An Akita, some kitty cats, 7 Border Leicester sheep & 53 hens
Post by talithathecow15 on Jul 12, 2019 9:04:25 GMT -5
I’m really not sure what I’m gonna do. I have about $60 into each lamb and I know I could sell them right now even on the bottle for $100+... but when they’re about 4-12 months old I’d only get about $150 each. I’ll might sell them once they are weaned. I might keep the little boy for meat... just haven’t decided yet. Too many options! 😳
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