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TMR for sheep

Should my sheep feed TMR?

There are a lot of benefits for feeding sheep a high-quality total mixed ration (TMR). 

It removes concentrates from the deity of your pregnant ewes, but it’s also one of the best and most effective ways of feeding ewes. This is because it offers them the right deity exactly, especially if it’s correctly balanced. 

If you haven’t thought about it, farmers should consider feeding TMR.

Why feed TMR?

Not only have Ewes that have been fed TMR shown performance improvements, but it’s also a cheaper feed than concentrates. 

When ruminants are fed constantly throughout the day, there is no large shift in rumen pH associated with feeding concentrates because they’re separated by time. This allows for formulating a diet that meets different ewes’ needs at their specific stage of pregnancy without any major changes to the overall feed ration.

Good silage quality is key 

Forages at 11ME or higher and 16-17% protein will take the ewes all the way through to lambing. You only need a protein source and minerals added during this time but this can depend on what silage quality you have available. For example, feeds such as rolled cereals, maize meals, and molasses can be used for supplementation purposes with about 250g/ewe of soya beans.

How often should I make TMR?

Ewes must have 24-hour access to food or there will be issues with crowding and bullying at the feeding barrier. The intakes can initially be estimated, but actual intakes should then be carefully monitored. It is important that a good mix of hay is provided; any additions (such as treats) must also allow ewes to eat small enough bits without picking out their favourites instead.

What are the benefits of TMR for Sheep?

Some key benefits include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • The reduction of stress during mealtime, preventing any digestive disorders
  • The reduction of space needed at the feed face 
  • More control over the nutritional input 
  • Increased weight of lambs at birth
  • Overall enhancement performance and profitability

TMR for after lambing 

The growth curves of the lamb during its first six weeks largely depends on how much milk it gets from its mother. The rate at which a ewe produces milk is very important because if she feeds two lambs that only grow by 300 grams per day, she must produce 2.5 kilograms (kg) daily to maintain their health and stave off prolapses in her body.

For this reason, TMR feeding for sheep has become popular among farmers who want to ensure herd health while keeping metabolic problems like prolapse away. 

What equipment do I need?

TMR is cheaper than concentrates, but you have to factor in the cost of machinery and infrastructure. This makes it difficult for people who aren’t used to feeding big bales by hand. If you are going down this route, ensure your mixer has a horsepower requirement for the tractor you currently own. Check that the bowl width can accept a large bale without throwing half out the top. Make sure the Gearboxes are suited for the job. Many just don’t have enough guts to break down big bales consistently and reach at least double chop your grass. Longer pieces will reduce intakes – aim 3-5 cm length should result in an optimum scratch factor.

Ausmix Feed Mixers for flocks 

If you’re looking for a high-quality, durable, Australian made TMR mixer, choose Ausmix. Our feed mixers are specifically designed to work against tough Australian conditions. If you want to learn more about our machines, please get in touch with our team on (02) 8880 7873 or send us an email at sales@farmtech.com.au



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