- Oct 16, 2010
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- Virginia is for Pasture Farmers!
I hate how picky sheep are.
Paddocks have no grass, well, most of the 7 don't.
They pick through the hay, whining the whole time for more.
I was going to wait until next year, but it looks like I'll be driving an hour away just to get alfalfa pellets that are a whopping $4 a bag cheaper! And will supplement them with that, probably not refill hay unless it gets rained on. The other grass mixes are only a dollar cheaper, so those aren't worth it.
Some are looking a little thin this year, that's no good. But that's what happens when sheep go on strike. Animals will starve themselves, the pricks!
I guess 30~ mini sheep on 4 acres is too much. That plan to build more paddocks on the hay field is looking to be more and more of a reality. Will have to squeeze it in soon.
Also looking into seed mixes to spread in the spring, but that's so confusing! Why can't I just pick a bag + fertilizer and spread it n be done? Have to match the sun, the ground type, water runoff, location, timing, so on...
Has anyone fed more exclusively grass pellets vs mostly hay to their sheep/goats?
They're forcing my wallet/hand, lol, so it doesn't matter if it's not the perfect plan. Some hay will always be available, but since they trash most of it anyway, it becomes moot. Even in 4×4in holed feeders. They yank and discard or blatantly ignore it until it rains heavily and then cry at me.
What is it, 2% of body weight in feed? Hmm, then roughly 50# bag a day split to two feedings. That seems excessive. Maybe one pound a sheep would work, being alfalfa and all, so higher protein than meh grasses.
Just has to work out until December 1st, then ewes go out to the big field until spring.
I wonder how many bags I can safely stuff in my old little car without compromising brakes and being able to go up hills...