How to feed pregnant ewes?
Ewes have different nutritional requirements at different stages of pregnancy and must be fed rationally for different stages.
The first month of pregnancy is a critical period for the growth and development of the ewes. After the ewes are grazing and feeding to achieve fullness, they should also be properly supplemented with concentrate according to the nutritional status of the ewes.
After the ewes are pregnant for 2 months, gradually increase the supplementary feed amount of the concentrate. Soybean 40%, corn 30%, barley 20%, wheat 10% are used for the concentrate, soak in warm water for 6-8 hours, grind into a slurry, and add the equivalent Soybeans and other feeds total 10% to 15% bean cake, 5% to 8% bran, 1% salt, supplemented 2 to 3 times a day, each sheep is fed 50 to 100 grams each time, the young ewes should be appropriately increased the amount.
After 3 months of pregnancy, the total volume of feeding grass should be properly controlled. Feeding grass and concentrate should be fed less frequently to prevent excessive feeding at one time and oppress the fetus.
After 4 months of pregnancy, the amount of concentrate fed to the ewes has increased to twice that of the pre-pregnancy period, and more green and juicy feeds such as tender pastures and carrots should be fed. Potatoes, fermented grains and undetoxified cottonseeds are prohibited For cakes and rapeseed cakes, it is forbidden to feed moldy, rotten, hot, or acidic feeds to avoid miscarriage, dystocia, and postpartum diseases.
About 1 month before childbirth, properly control the amount of coarse feed, try to feed soft, green and juicy feed, and increase the amount of bran in the concentrate to ease the bowel.
About 10 days before delivery, reduce the amount of feed according to the digestion and appetite of the ewe. 2 to 3 days before delivery, if the ewe’s breasts are swollen and accompanied by subabdominal edema, one-half to one-third of the feed should be reduced from the diet to prevent excessive milk or excessive milk in the early stage of delivery. Concentration causes mastitis, regurgitation and lamb diarrhea. For thin ewes with dry udders in the first week before delivery, in addition to reducing the amount of coarse feed, they should also appropriately increase protein-rich milk-promoting feeds such as hemp cakes, soybean cakes, soy milk, okara, and green juicy laxative feeds to prevent The ewes lack milk after delivery.
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