JONES ON-FARM SHEEP SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Feed Analysis
  • Ration preparation for all phases of your operation
  • Dry-Matter Testing
  • Feed Evaluation and Dry-Matter Testing Training
  • TMR Audits
  • Mixer Evaluation and Trouble-shooting
  • Ventilation Audits
  • Lamb and Replacement Ewe Management
  • On-going on-farm support by JFM Sales and Nutrition Team Members

Feeds available

  • Dairy: Complete line of Jones-branded products available for lambs, replacements, lactating (including parlour feeds) and dry off ewes
  • Meat: Growing and finishing rations for lambs and wethers
  • Premixes, Supplements and Complete Feeds
  • Conventional, Non-GMO and Organic Feeds Available

A Note From Our Nutrition Department

Protecting your Lambs from Urinary Calculi – Things to Consider to Avoid Losses 

     Male lambs and sometimes female lambs are subject to kidney stones - urinary calculi. This problem can usually be handled with nutritional adjustments and proper ration alignments. 
   Fast growing lambs are everyone’s objective. Theses lambs have a high demand for calcium but their phosphorus and magnesium intakes must be monitored and watched to avoid issues with kidney stones. Usually the problem occurs with 70-80 lb. lambs and heavier ones as well. These lambs are often on high grain diets and limited forages; thus, a high calcium supplement should be fed and when using corn programs keep the correct proportions. Smaller lambs, around 60-80 lbs, are best fed at a rate of 3 parts corn and 1 part supplement – and as the lambs get bigger they can be moved to a ratio of 4 parts corn and 1 part supplement. The supplement must contain enough ammonium chloride as this is what helps to prevent the formation of stones. We try, in using this, to slightly acidify the diet of the lambs to encourage them to urinate more. The level of ammonium chloride is set to be used at the proper ratios with corn or barley and we must be careful not to further dilute it more than 4-parts corn and 1 part supplement and make sure the lambs are not sorting at the feeder. Thus, lamb starters and creep products are not to be blended and diluted with corn as we are diluting all the base nutrients in these feeds. If there is a sorting problem, consider using a compete pelleted diet for finishing your lambs – it can result in better gains and often with high corn prices it may be cheaper.

     Also, offering lambs a high calcium, low phosphorus and low magnesium mineral such as Jones LMBPX helps to makes sure calcium to phosphorus ratio stays up. Alfalfa hay is a good fibre source as well and can be considered.
    Avoid feeding bi-carb of soda to these feeder lambs as it tends to neutralize the effect of the ammonium chloride. This is a good idea in ewes but not for growing lambs.

     Offering free choice salt is always recommended unless mineral is offered free choice. If mineral is being offered free choice then any additional source of salt will discourage mineral intake. Remember, loose salt is better than blocks as it encourages more water consumption, thus more urine flow. Distillers grains are often fed to feeder lambs but should be re-thought at time due to mycotoxin loads and the naturally high phosphorus found in it -making it a tricky feed to work into a balanced feeder program. 

       At anytime lambs are too expensive to lose development at any stage, but with current high market values it is especially critical to pay attention to the program these are on. Have a good solid look at what you are feeding and often just some common-sense approaches work best. Coupled with sound advice from your Jones Sales Consultant and high quality feeds, your operation will be successful

Our Sheep Sales Team

Mike Mathieson

Mike Mathieson

Dairy Sales Consultant

mikemathieson@jfm.ca
519-502-0701
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Dale Darroch

Dale Darroch

Dairy Sales Consultant

daledarroch@jfm.ca
705-308-8265
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Chris Meadows

Chris Meadows

Manager of Nutritional Services

chrismeadows@jfm.ca
519-501-8902
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