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QUESTION
I have started feeding lg. round baled hay ( 90% Red Clover - full to late bloom ) to my housed sheep and lambs. I am noticing some foaming ( white )mouths and a few off feed animals ( mainly adults ). Are there any known studies relating red clover hay consumption and excessive foaming at the mouth with sheep as there are with Equines? I have also just recently received a new delivery of Shell Corn within the last 36 hours and have noticed some disinterest and slow feeding lambs with the new load. This is a puzzling situation, but we have experienced this very commonly with sheep and lambs over the last 12 years of production. Any comments ?


ANSWER

Foaming of the mouth from Red Clover consumption can be common with any species of animals. So this is not uncommon with sheep just like horse. In regard to the shelled corn, every load you purchase had probably been handled different, so many be dried at very high heat with can make it very hard and difficult to chew for sheep, or how it was dried and stored can impact palability for sheep.







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