Managing nutrition in replacement rams
Depending on seasonal conditions, your replacement rams may require some form of supplementation to ensure peak condition at joining (mating).
Rams coming to your property from a stud supplier may need time to adapt to a change in diet. If rams are moving from good-quality feed onto dry pastures, you may need to provide supplementary feed for a short period of time (6-8 weeks) after arrival.
The benefits of supplementary feeding during this period include:
- minimising stress
- minimising fertility problems associated with poor nutrition
- preventing digestive upsets
- preventing unacceptable condition loss from rapid change in diet quality.
If there is good paddock feed available, you may not need to supplementary feed your replacement rams. Another way to help replacement rams adjust is to offer the rams slowly decreasing amounts of medium-quality grassy hay.
- Read the sheep welfare code of practice to find out about the basic welfare needs of sheep.