HOME-MIXERS should aim for a 16-18% protein ration for feeding pregnant ewes.
ADASs Gill Povey told producers that even with simple ingredients a cost-effective, high quality ration could be made. "Using cereals fed whole, such as barley mixed with sugar beet pulp and soya, is good enough."
With a mixing plant on farm, molasses can be added at 2.5% to help palatability. Those without a mixing plant should not consider molasses and could replace this part of the diet with barley, said Dr Povey.
Home-mixers wishing to add vitamin E to diets can do so by approaching their mineral and vitamin suppliers and asking for supplements higher in vitamin E. A level of 4000-6000iu in a vitamin and mineral supplement should supply enough vitamin E to benefit ewes, she added. *
Home-mix for 1t of feed
Barley 575kg 525kg
Soya bean meal 175kg 225kg
Sugar beet pulp 200kg 200kg
Molasses 25kg 25kg
Mineral and vitamin 25kg 25kg