FEEDING THE EWE FLOCK

BY MIKE NEARY

Feed is normally the largest single expense of a sheep operation. Feed or nutrition for the sheep operation consists of purchased or harvested grains, hays, minerals, vitamins, water expenses and pasture or range costs. Whether that operation consists of 25 sheep or 2500 sheep, feed will usually account for 50 to 70% of the total cost. One could logically infer that if feed costs can be kept under control, producers have a better chance of making money or losing less money. This is a correct assumption to a point, however, if nutrition is inadequate then animal performance is less than optimum and economic returns can be low.

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