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4 years 11 months ago #534317 by Aunty DiDi
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Hi ,
Just bought 1 acre Lifestyle block. 3 sheep need more food. Have just been wormed and have 3 small paddocks they rotate in. Also standing in pouring rain. Do they need shelters and where can I get sileage/hay in Taranaki??
Thanks

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4 years 11 months ago #534322 by tonybaker
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Welcome to the LSB! What age are the sheep? If they are 9-12 months or older they should be in the freezer! Do you have any tree lucerne that you can cut? If you have to buy in hay then the sheep are not worthwhile keeping.....you should be able to buy weaned lambs soon.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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4 years 11 months ago #534325 by Stikkibeek
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tonybaker wrote: Welcome to the LSB! What age are the sheep? If they are 9-12 months or older they should be in the freezer! Do you have any tree lucerne that you can cut? If you have to buy in hay then the sheep are not worthwhile keeping.....you should be able to buy weaned lambs soon.


Tony your answer is not very welcoming to a new member.

Didi, you may have a local feedstore near you, or, an RD1 or Wrightson's or Farmlands. Check with these outlets, some of them might know where you can get feed. If the sheep have reasonable wool cover, they will probably be ok out in the weather.
And, Welcome to the forum and LSB.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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4 years 11 months ago #534326 by YakDr
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Check with your local agricultural contractors. Around Hawera several of them buy grass off farmers and on-sell as hay/silage. If South try Normanby contractors or Bruce Nickel

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4 years 11 months ago #534328 by LongRidge
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Before you buy lots of supplementary food, check that the sheep will eat it. Until we had goats which showed some of the sheep that hay was food, very few or none of the sheep would even consider tasting it, let alone eat enough to keep them growing.
Personally, I would buy a bag of sheep pellets from Farmlands and see if they will eat them. If they won't, catch one and force feed her until she is eating them without being forcefed. She will then show the others that it is food. Start with half a cup each, gradually working up to a cup each. Hay and balage does not get eaten if the sheep stand on it, so lots gets wasted. When feeding pellets in bowls, much less gets wasted.

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4 years 11 months ago #534366 by Wren
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Hi DiDi, congrats on your new place! We ended up buying in some lucerne hay for our 5 sheep this winter, and they are very happy eating that (from a rack under cover, to try and reduce waste) with some sheep nuts as well.

Do they have any trees or bushes in their paddocks that might provide some shelter? If not it might be worth thinking about planting something for the future - we have been doing this at our place, and it's a bit of a pain making sure the trees are protected from the sheep, but in the long-term their paddocks will be nicer for it.

Muddling our way through 1Ha on the Christchurch Port Hills, with flocks of heritage chickens, Silver Appleyard ducks, Gotland sheep, and Arapawa goats.

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