Lamb rearing: the first 8 weeks will make all the difference
Sprayfo’s LifeStart Principle is at the forefront of our approach to rearing animals - best rearing practice will lead to better productivity.
Best rearing practice means:
The right feeding plan with a quality milk replacer
A healthy rearing environment
Feeding high-quality colostrum on Day 1 (and 2) is critical to neonatal health in any animal.
Colostrum intake is important for passive transfer of immunity but also for growth factors, antimicrobial components and fats, which are a direct fuel source.
Immunoglobulin G is the component most essential for passive transfer of immunity. Newborn lambs (approximately 4kg) should receive a minimum of 10g IgG within the first 12 hours of life.
To achieve this, you need a high-quality colostrum, containing a minimum of 22% milk solids (measured with a Brixmeter) which equates to an IgG content of 50g/L.
Select a quality milk replacer
There are essential differences in solubility, ease of mixing, digestibility (making use of nutrients) and consistency of quality when you compare different milk replacers. These differences have a major impact on the health and growth of young lambs.
The differences in milk replacers are mainly a reflection of the raw materials used and the method of production.
Sprayfo products are a combination of dairy and vegetable ingredients, made using a unique proprietary production process – Trouw Nutrition’s Spray Dry system.
The Trouw Nutrition Spray Dry System makes Sprayfo a unique and consistently high quality, optimally digestible milk replacer which, critically, meets the energy requirements of a young lamb.
We recommend two Sprayfo milk replacers for lambs:
Both products can be fed directly from colostrum and are easily digestible, reducing the risk of abomasal bloat.
Sprayfo Primo Lamb whey lamb milk replacer
This is a whey-based lamb milk replacer, ideal for enhancing rumen development and very popular with New Zealand lamb rearers.
Sprayfo Alpha Lamb milk replacer
This is much like a traditional (casein-based) milk replacer, only better. It’s designed to enhance pre-weaning growth.
On farm advice for lamb rearers
Not sure which milk replacer would best suit your operation? Or, maybe you’d like some advice on housing set-up?
As an AgriVantage customer, you have access to our rearing specialists for practical advice, anytime.