Feeding weaned lambs for maximum growth rate

 Key points

  • Wean lambs when pastures are grazed below 3 cm or at 10–12 weeks of age
  • Pasture quality is of paramount importance and should be mainly new green grass leaf and clover
  • Such pasture has an ME content of 11–12 MJ ME/kg DM and is more than 20 per cent protein
  • Don't try to utilise too much pasture in each grazing – aim for 25–30 per cent, and a post grazing level of 3–5 cm
  • In many areas a crop or special purpose pasture can provide high quality feed when pasture quality declines in summer
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