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Sheep Range Minerals

Sheep require the major minerals sodium, chlorine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, and trace minerals, including cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, and selenium just as cattle do to achieve desired levels of sheep performance and health. Balanced mineral nutrition aids in breeding and lambing, and also helps to maximize the ewe’s milk production and lamb growth and development. Wool growth depends on good mineral nutrition. Let our WestFeeds area specialists assist you in making the best mineral decisions for your flock.

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Sheep Range Proteins

Supplementing protein to sheep on native range or pasture is designed to improve animal performance and, in some cases, pasture performance. Without supplemental protein, the rumen microbial population decreases and forage digestibility and intake declines. WestFeeds protein concentrates help ewes recover body condition by increasing the digestibility and intake of low quality pastures and forages. WestFeeds area specialists can help you determine supplemental needs of your ewes.

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Sheep Creep/Energy/Feedlot Products

Creep feeding is a means of supplying extra nutrition to nursing lambs. It is especially beneficial for lambs managed in intensive production systems in which early weaning is practiced. Creep feeding is also advantageous for flocks which have a lot of multiple births or in flocks where milk production is a limiting factor. Creep fed lambs transition well to lamb finishing situations. Meeting protein, energy, vitamin and mineral requirements is essential for profitable lamb finishing. See our area specialists for lamb premixes, supplements, growers and finishers that will improve profitability of your lamb feeding operation.

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