Whole crop fodder beet silage is a highly nutritious feed for both cattle and sheep. It is also considered that the addition of an absorbent further enhances both the feeding value and its palatability. The objective of this experiment was to compare the nutritive value of two types of whole crop fodder beet silage with that of grass silage when fed to ewes in late pregnancy.
Twenty two oestrus synchronised, twin bearing, mature ewes (2-7 yrs) of mixed lowland breeds were selected for the trial. They were housed on December 17th, approximately 10 weeks prior to their expected mean lambing date. Following pregnancy scanning, the ewes were allocated to their respective treatment groups. Each of the three treatment groups were balanced for breed, age and live weight. The ewes were individually penned with peat moss as the bedding material.