Lamb Starter Feeds

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Homestead®  20% Lamb Starters are palatable, nutrient dense, pelleted lamb starters formulated specifically to be fed to one-week to four-week-old lambs until lambs are eating well.  Hubbard Life Lamb Starters contain ammonium chloride to help reduce instances of urinary calculi (water belly) and contain no added copper.

About the Product

Palatability is of the utmost importance in getting lambs to start  eating and to consistently consume feed. Homestead Lamb Starters are formulated with high quality, palatable ingredients including alfalfa, a flavor and molasses to promote feed intake.

No Added Copper:  All classes of sheep are susceptible to copper toxicity. Homestead Lamb Starters contain no added copper.

Ammonium Chloride helps prevent urinary calculi (water belly). Homestead Lamb Starters provide ammonium chloride and provide the proper calcium to phosphorus ratio to help in the management of urinary calculi.

Organic Minerals:  Organic zinc & organic selenium have been added to help get more of these important minerals into the  animal.

Vitamin Fortification: Homestead Lamb Starters are specially formulated to provide Vitamins A, D, E, and thiamin, which are instrumental in stimulating the natural immune system.

Additional Yeast is added to help with fiber digestion.

Pelleted products reduce the amount of separation of ingredients, therefore reducing feed wastage.

Medicated and Non-medicated Options: Homestead Lamb Starters have both medicated (Deccox® or Bovatec®) and non-medicated options.  Refer to the product tag for specific drug information. 

Nutrient Analysis

Crude Protein, min % 20.0
NPN, max % 8
Crude Fat, min % 3.0
Crude Fiber, max % 14.0
Calcium (Ca), min % 0.9
Calcium (Ca), max % 1.4
Phosphorus (P), min % 0.5
Salt (NaCl), min % 0.3
Salt (NaCl), max % 0.8
Selenium (Se), min 0.3 ppm
Vitamin A, min 5,000 IU/lb.
Vitamin D, min 925 IU/lb.
Vitamin E, min 75 IU/lb.

*Refer to product tag for additional information.

Feeding Directions

Homestead Lamb Starters are formulated specifically for  one-week to four-week-old lambs when supplemental nutrient requirements are high.  Feed to lambs as a creep supplement to the ewes’ milk.  Hubbard 20% Lamb starters should be used as the first feed to encourage early consumption.

Homestead 20% Lamb Starter (non-med): Feed with good quality hay until lambs are 45 pounds or weaned. After weaning, feed Homestead 17% Lamb Grower pellets. Provide fresh, clean water at all times.

Homestead 20% Lamb Starter with Bovatec®: Lambs should consume 1.1 to 5.1 pounds of 20% Lamb Starter to supply 15 to 70 milligrams Lasalocid per head daily. Feed with good quality hay until lambs are 45 pounds or weaned.

Homestead 20% Lamb Starter with Deccox®: Feed to starting lambs at the rate of 1.0 pound per 100 pounds body weight to provide 22.7 milligrams Decoquinate per 100 pounds body weight. Feed at least 28 days during periods of exposure or when experience indicates that coccidiosis is likely to be a hazard.

Feed Homestead 20% Lamb Starter in small quantities in a clean well-lit creep area.  It is important to keep feed clean and fresh to encourage consumption.  It is also advisable to offer good quality hay and fresh, clean water free-choice.

Feeding Tips

  • Divide the suggested daily feeding rate into 2 or 3 feedings per day.
  • Changes in the diet should be made over a 1 to 2 week period to help prevent digestive disturbances.
  • Provide plenty of fresh, clean water at all times.
  • Never feed any feedstuffs that are moldy, musty or suspect in any way.

Homestead Lamb Starters are formulated specifically for sheep and should not be fed to other species.

Product Number

#36252—Homestead® 20% Lamb Starter, 50 lb.
#39453—Homestead® 20% Lamb Starter B27.2, 50 lb.
#39454—Homestead® 20% Lamb Starter D22.7, 50 lb.

Please Note: This product information sheet is meant to serve as a general overview and is not intended to replace the product label. Always refer directly to the product label for the most up-to-date nutrient content and feeding directions.