Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Sheep, Feedlots, Feeding

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The need to gather and hold sheep for slaughter or live shipment led a West Australian company!, with the Department of Agriculture, to investigate the use of sheds for short term lot feeding of sheep. Preliminary examination suggested that feedlot sheds connected by a sheep footpath to the abattoirs, railway or saleyards could be cheaper as well as more practicable than continued use of holding paddocks.

The first week or two are commonly the most difficult in lot feeding sheep or cattle. Long-term indoor lot-feeding is a normal practice in some overseas countries but we did not know whether untrained merino sheep would adapt quickly and easily to short-term lot-feeding in sheds. Therefore the first object was to find whether short-term lotfeeding in sheds was feasible.