Cubed alfalfa for replacement ewe lambs
Monte Bell, University of California
Jack Nolan, Chico State College
Albert Vieria, Chico State College
California Agriculture 23(9):8-9. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v023n09p8.
Fremont L. (Monte) Bell is Farm Advisor, University of California Agricultural Extension Service, Glenn, Colusa and Butte Counties; Jack T. Nolan is Associate Professor, Division of Agriculture, Chico State College. Albert Vieria is shepherd, Division of Agriculture, Chico State College.
In this trial, alfalfa hay cubes self fed to white face and Hampshire ewe lambs resulted in small but statistically significant increases in weight gains, along with increased feed consumption but with less waste feed than when comparable ewes were fed baled alfalfa hay daily. Suffolk ewe lambs gained equally well on either cubes or baled hay.
Chemical analyses were conducted at the University of California Agricultural Extension Service laboratory at Davis. Gerald A. Darling, student shepherd, and other Chico State College students assisted in this trial.