Lamb feeding – take advantage of the continuing strong trade
The lamb trade is continuing to stay strong compared to this time last year. Prices eased slightly for liveweight in the first two weeks of May, but remain well above the same period as 2020. However, deadweight prices remain stable and again are well above last year’s price. Achieving target growth rates of lambs and minimizing losses between lambing and weaning will enable producers to take advantage of the strong trade.
Young lambs achieve greater feed conversion ratios than older lambs, therefore producing a kilogramme of liveweight for less feed input. March born lowland lambs can reach liveweight gains of 250-300 g/day.
HJ Lea Oakes produce two high quality lamb pellets suitable for ad-lib feeding, Supreme Starter niblets (18% crude protein) and Lamb starter/finisher pellets (17% crude protein). Both products are balanced for energy, fibre and protein using high-quality raw materials such as barley, wheatfeed and Soya. High inclusion levels of molasses and bakery/confectionery feed materials enhance palatability, encouraging intakes.
Supreme Starter pellet contains a specialized vitamin premix package for early development, with optimum levels of Vitamin A, D and E; a full range of B vitamins to help liver function; biotin and choline to assist metabolic processes, bone formation and disease resistance. Our lamb starter/finisher contains a specialized vitamin package and flavouring to encourage intakes and ensure continued optimal growth and development up to finishing.
Both products are formulated to support healthy growth and development of lambs to achieve target growth rates and maximise outputs.