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If you're go­ing to need to feed grain or other sup­ple­ments to your live­stock, feed out hay first, and start the changeover grad­u­ally and slowly.

It's very im­por­tant to watch your sheep while they feed and check if any are re­luc­tant or too en­thu­si­as­tic. The odd sheep will gorge, which will put them at risk of bloat or aci­do­sis, while oth­ers won't have much in­ter­est. If one or other is a prob­lem, feed those an­i­mals separately.

For a group of 10 sheep which have ac­cess to dry, mea­gre amounts of pas­ture, a daily ra­tion on Day 1 would be 450g of grain (45g each) plus 9kg of good hay (about one-third of a small bale). The goal over the next nine days is to grad­u­ally in­crease the grain ra­tion to 1.3kg (130g each) while halv­ing the amount of hay. In late preg­nancy the grain ra­tion can be in­creased to 4kg plus 7kg of hay.

Al­ways make sure an­i­mals have an ad­e­quate sup­ply of fresh wa­ter if you are feed­ing out con­cen­trates.

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