Creep feeding is a means of providing supplemental feed for lambs during the nursing period. It is usually more advantageous with an early lambing program than with a late lambing program. Creep feeding has the following advantages. 1) It increases grains, especially for lambs from multiple births, 2) the lambs use supplemental feed from efficiently at this time than after weaning, 3) lambs can be marketed at a younger age, 4) for early lambs, earlier marketing usually means higher prices, and 5) early lambs can be sold without going to pasture; thus more ewes can be carried on available pasture and the lambs will have fewer internal parasite problems.
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Ricketts, Gary, "Creep Feeding Lambs" (1967). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Research Reports, 1967. 19.