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QUESTION: i was wondering if its ok to feed dorper sheep and ram coastal hay.

ANSWER: STMMFarm,

Coastal hay is fed to horses and cattle and is better than the combo hay you might get.  It is nutrient dense, so I would have no concerns feeding it to the sheep.  

If it is a drastic change than what you have been feeding, I would start feeding it sparingly. Sheep have a tendency NOT to like change and will show you by getting scours.

For muscle building we prefer a mix of 16%+ protein feed and brome hay and adding alfalfa for enrichment.

I am curious to hear how the coastal hay works out.  Good luck to you!

Kari

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QUESTION: sorry to bother you again, what is brome hay, does it have another name? and what would be an alternate if i cant find brome hay in our area
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Hello!

Brome hay is just another variety of hay available where I am ( US - Midwest). Coastal is generally found in the southern states, like Texas and the like.

I don't believe there is much difference between the two, just availablity.  You are on the right track!!

Blessing and Peace.

Kari  

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Kari Wempe

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I can answer most questions about raising, breeding, feeding, showing,typical illnesses, pregnancy, birthing, bottle feeding,showing and sheering sheep. I have raised sheep for show and production for 20 years. The breeds of sheep I am most familier with are Crossbred, Suffolk, Hampshire- basically black face sheep. I deal with the classification of meat sheep over bred for wool sheep.

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I have raised a flock of sheep for 20 years on our farm. Very involved in 4H, FFA aspects and their rules, jackpot shows, state, regional, county and local shows.

Education/Credentials
Experience is my best creditial however, I have a college education and have taught many classes ( in other catagories), so I am familiar in the ways of teaching others.

Awards and Honors
Many breed awards- champion and grand champion awards in Kansas for the past 20 years, showmanship awards at local and state level in Kansas.

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