Colostrum management

It is important to give sufficient colostrum within the first day, recommended is minimal 60 ml/time and 6 times a day. When the lambs stays with the ewe the first days to take up the colostrum, then check regullary if the  lamb is actually drinking, to ensure the colostrum is taken up. It is important for the lamb to get the colostrum to build up protection against diseases in the first weeks of live.

Hygiene management

Lambs and kids are very prone to diseases, therefore a good hygiene is crucial in the first weeks to limit cases of disease and diarhea.  Therefore it is recommended to clean all the materials used with feeding thoroughly on regulary base.

Feeding management

In practice different feeding strategies are applied for lamb feeding, depending on the farms management. The feeding systems used in practice are; bucket feeding, automatic feeding and stock feeding. Follow the feeding schedule for the amount of milk.


Bucket feeding;  bucket feeding is a very labour intensive feeding system, because in the first weeks the lambs has to be fed more frequently. Although advantages of this feeding system are that you directly can check if the lamb is drinking and look at the health status of the lambs.

Automatic feeding; The advantages of automatic feeding is that lambs could drink small portions during the day, this could be ad libitum or according to a fixed amount a day, depending on the system you choose. The milk is disolved within the system just prior to drinking with warm water.

Stock feeding; Also this system gives the advantages that lambs could drink small portions during the day, and the milk has to be prepared only once or twice a day. The milk is provided within a lambar.


Besides milk replacer it is important to provide concentrate and hay from day 14 onwards, ensure the feed stays fresh by changing it regularly. Providing solid feed and water next to milk replacer is important to start rumen development.