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Supplementary feeds for sheep


Key points

  • ME levels are usually the best basis for assessing the quality of supplementary feeds
  • High quality feed is needed to assure ewe or lamb liveweight gains
  • Specialist forage crops have MEs of 12–13 MJ ME/kg DM if grazed at the correct growth stage
  • Grains have MEs of 12–13.5 ME/kg DM
  • Pasture silages and hay have MEs of 8.5–10.5. Most are suitable for maintenance feeding only
  • For supplementary feeding to be economic, feed planning or budgeting is essential

For further information please download the attached PDF


Created: 04 May 2007, Modified: 04 May 2007