the label. They interfere with the life cycle of coccidia in the intestine, preventing a buildup of coccidia, which can cause the disease. On farms where coccidiosis is a problem, lambs should stay on a coccidiostat regimen until they are about 6 months of age when most seem to become immune to damage caused by coccidia.
When you use any type of medicated feed, always read and follow any withdrawal time. This withholding period must be met prior to when the lamb is sold for slaughter.
Sheep are susceptible to severe digestive upsets with any sudden change in diet. Before you bring your lamb home, it is always wise to ask questions of the producer you purchased it from about what type of feed the lamb has been consuming. If you can use the same or similar feedstuffs when you first bring your animal home, you can minimize the stress the animal experiences. When you make changes in the diet, make them very slowly to avoid digestive upset that can sometimes lead to the death of the animal.
It is important to feed a balanced diet, paying close attention to minerals. Macro and micro minerals are required for proper skeletal and nervous system function. In the Pacific Northwest, you need to pay close attention to selenium. Only provide lambs with salt formulated for sheep because they are very sensitive to certain minerals, such as copper. A salt formulated for cattle or other species can poison lambs.
When increasing the amount of grain fed, do it gradually. Increase the amount of grain you feed by 1/8 to 1/4 pound per day over a 3-4 day period. Feed on the same time schedule each day. Divide the total ration into two