The current Feeding Plan:
Please remember that these supplement and feeding choices are based on the
condition and needs of our animals, which is a result of a combination of factors
including but not limited to weather, soil conditions, pasture availability and
health of the flock.
Here is what the sheep and horses are eating this month.
June - Temps average in the mid-to-high 70s most days. Nights are in the 50s. We
add Apple Cider Vinegar (ACH) to water troughs every time we fill them. This is a
year-round management technique to keep the sheep naturally healthy. It also
makes their fleece softer and I think they like the taste.
Ewes currently have a mineral mix of 2 parts “sheep salt with selenium,” and 1
part kelp, 1 part soy bean meal. The fields have lots of grass, so they no longer
rely on hay for their main roughage. The sheep consume about 2 flakes of local
second cutting grass hay throughout the day. Every evening, the ewe flock (and
this year's lambs) receive a soft mix of: Soaked Beet Pulp, Kelp, Flaxseed,
Pumpkin Seeds, Rolled Oats.
My few rams also receive local second cutting grass hay twice a day and have a
constant supply of mineral mix: 2 parts “sheep salt with selenium” and 1 part
kelp. Daily they also receive a mix of beet pulp, chopped alfalfa, and kelp.
Melasol and Eidfaxi, (our horses) are on pasture during the day and generally
ignore the 2 flakes of local grass hay per day I put in their feeded. They also
receive LMF Super Supplement and Equery's Choice vitamins with organic
selenium. They were recently wormed and trimmed. Next trimming appointment
for my barefooted beauties is August 3.
For more summer info, see the page on helping sheep cope with summer heat.