Janet McNally wrote: I have a sign on the interstate,
Island Shepherd wrote:Travis,
I think you might be a little confused on one point. It is OK to feed your ewes grain if you had to, and only feed your wedder lambs grass, (assuming you are retaining ewe hoggs to build your flock) which is the product you are selling to the consumer. You could still market them as grassfed because the ewe feed has no effect on that. How me and others like Janet get the whole operation on grass and away from grain for profit reasons is with genetics, and timing lambing in sinc with spring grass growth.
Janet McNally wrote:Travis,
If you want to do a good job of producing a grass fed product, then you need to have a good grasp of what kind of nutrition that forage contains, and you still need to have your TM mix suit the mineral content of the forages.
I have sent BK plenty of pasture samples to help train my eye and learn when is grass good enough and when is it not. Just being green is not enough to finish a lamb.
Like Dave said, a good grass fed product is going to take the right genetics, combined with good forage management. It won't happen without top quality forages at least in the finishing stages of the system. as for the ewes, again, it takes the right genetics, and then high quality forages, both top quality hay in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, and new spring grass for lactation.
jpa wrote:How did the meeting go? For some reason I have a hard time seeing some of the MSBA people really excited about this topic.
Bill Fosher wrote:Too late now, but you it was a few years ago that someone from Cornell -- and I forget who it was -- stood up at a gathering of sheep producers in New Hampshire and said, "Grass fed lamb isn't a production system. It's a religion."
I wonder where that person is now.
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