Lamb Milk Replacer Feeding Schedule

Feeding schedules for lambs on Sprayfo Primo Lamb or Alpha lamb milk replacer


Colostrum first

Always ensure each animal has adequate intake of controlled quality colostrum in the first 12 hours post birth (approx. 15% of its body weight).

Mixing rate for ad-lib feeding

Mix 200g Sprayfo lamb milk replacer per litre of water.

Ad-lib machine feeding

Ensure that you always follow machine manufacturing instructions, particularly for:

  • Set up

  • Feeding capacity/numbers

  • Cleaning

  • Calibration*

  • Mixing temperature

Lamb milk replacer

*Over mixing can be identified when product separates or froths. This can cause an issue through some semi-automatic feeding systems, ie the Heatwave.

Mixing instructions for restricted feeding

  • Always follow feeding instructions

  • Heat all required water to 40-42°C

  • Start stirring water, then slowly add lamb milk replacer powder, mixing until fully dissolved (approx 2 minutes). Do not over mix^

  • Best drinking temperature 38-39°C

^Mix to make up a litre, NOT on top of a litre, eg. add 160g lamb milk replacer (powder) to 840mL water to make 1L lamb milk replacer. This is an approximation.

Restricted feeding schedule for lambs

Restricted feeding schedule lambs

Alternative feeding option: Sprayfo Alpha Lamb + Sprayfo Primo Lamb

If you have fed Sprayfo Primo Lamb milk replacer in the past and felt the lambs struggled with the transition from colostrum to a whey milk replacer, try feeding Sprayfo Alpha Lamb (casein-based or skim milk) powder for the first 2 weeks post-colostrum.

It could help to reduce the risk of nutritional scouring.

In week 3, switch the lambs onto Sprayfo Primo Lamb (whey) milk replacer to encourage rumen development.

The benefits of this alternative feeding option are:

  • reduced risk of nutritional scours in very young lambs (common during the colostrum to milk replacer transition)

  • switching to Sprayfo Primo Lamb from week 3 will encourage early rumen development

  • easier weaning transition

Weaning instructions for lambs

Weaning can start when animals are a minimum of 16kg AND consuming 250g concentrates per animal per day:

  • Slowly reduce concentration of lamb milk replacer of overall volume consumed over 1-2 week period

  • Continue feeding concentrates at 1kg per day for at least a month.

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