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  1. #1
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    Default Tell me about Lasalocid in sheep feed

    I just realized that the feed that my daughter is using for her sheep contains Lasalocid, which is a coccidiostat. Her lambs have a paddock to graze and are intended to be show and breeding animals.

    My ignorant first reaction to the Lasalocid is somewhat negative. First, it's highly toxic to horses, so I'm not thrilled about having it on the place, though we are already very very careful about keeping the feed separate and secured. (I know that the horse feeds are also toxic to sheep because of the copper content.) Second, I'm not a fan of medicated feeds without reason, and I'm not sure we have a reason here.

    I clearly need to find The Chronicle of the Sheep BBS. Is there such a thing?

    I didn't find a lot of info on this via google, to my surprise. It seems to be pretty standard.
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    You might want to start here for sheep info.

    What is it you want/need to know specifically about Lasalocid?
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.



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    There are many different coccidiostats that can be mixed in with sheep feed besides lasalocid. I agree, it is a potential set up for disaster if someone should accidentally mix up the feeds or should a horse somehow get into the sheep feed.

    Talk to the feed suppliers in your area. I'd look for a feed that has decoquinate, which is, I believe, fairly non-toxic to horses. Alternatively you can have a feed mill custom mix you some sheep feed that does not include a coccidiostat.



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    Lasalocid is in sheep feed not only as a coccidiostat, but as a growth promotant.

    It may be the case that it isn't needed at all here.
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    Why don't you feed whole corn, whole oats, or whole barley to the sheep. Problem solved.



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    Quote Originally Posted by poniesinthenight View Post
    Why don't you feed whole corn, whole oats, or whole barley to the sheep. Problem solved.
    Not exactly a balanced ration like a commercial feed, though.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.



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    I found this, seems kind of helpful:

    http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles...iosis2011.html
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    Ghazzu - Been a shepherd for 50 yrs, 1000 head of breeding ewes, feed SHEEP MINERAL along with your whole grain, everything will be hunky dorey.



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