What Should I Feed My Sheep

What Should I Feed My Sheep

Sheep are by far one of the easiest animals to feed – they have pretty basic needs throughout all of their life stages, from weaning to growing to finishing and lactation.   


Here are the basics that you need to know to feed your sheep a healthy diet:

The core elements of a sheep’s diet consist of the following, none of which are that different than what you are probably already used to in feeding your sheep:

  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Fiber
  • Concentrates
  • Water 

Forage

Sheep can get most of their nutrients and caloric need from foragetes

Factors that can influence a sheep’s caloric needs include:

  • Size of the animal
  • Length of fiber (animals with thick coats will need fewer calories than those with short coats in the wintertime)

Other Nutrients

  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Chlorine

These often need to be supplemented through sources like ground limestone, dicalcium phosphate, legumes, or bone meal.

What to Feed Sheep

sheep should primarily be fed hay but can also be supplemented with occasional feed (Concentrates) such as:

  • Pelleted feed, which will have all of the ingredients milled and in a pellet shape
  • Sweet feed (such as fresh grains and pellets)
  • Block feed (which include all the basic ingredients in solid blocks)

In addition to this feed, you should feed a  mineral supplement designed specifically for sheep. This can take the form of block or loose minerals. 

In most cases, sheep can be fed with hay alone as long as a supplemental source of minerals and salt is included in their diet. 

If you made it to the end of this article, don’t forget to check out our other post on “How to take care of your livestock during rainy season” here.

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