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Establishing a Containment Area (Part 4 of 5)

Author San Jolly
Branding Ag Excellence
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Transitioning Sheep Out of Containment

There’s just as many challenges getting sheep out of containment as when you bring them in The main issues that they’re facing is going from a very dry diet suddenly to a wet diet which is high in fermentable carbohydrates and protein. and quite low in concentrations of minerals. The sort of symptoms that you might expect to see in sheep when they first get out into the paddock and onto green feed.

Scouring, you might see some weight loss, some calcium deficiencies Especially in ewes in late pregnancy. Nitrate toxicity, if they’re going on to grazing cereals, especially oats. a risk of enterotoxemia. So the main focus should be on preventing any of these issues, so ensuring that the ewes are vaccinated, 4-6 weeks, prior to  leaving containment.

Also when you’re letting sheep out of containment, make sure that you do it late in the day and provide them with high quality hay for at least 24 or 48 hours before you let them out to ensure that they’ve got gut fill and they’re not going out there hungry. You can put some straw or some hay out there with them, but it’s unlikely that they’ll find that very attractive especially if they haven’t been out grazing green feed for at least 4 to 6 weeks.

So prevention is the main aim, and to try and smooth out that transition from a dry to a wet diet.

Part 5

San Jolly, from Productive Nutrition, discusses managing the transition of sheep from a containment area.

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