Creep feeding is a way to supplement the diet of young livestock, like calves and lambs, by offering feed even though they are still suckling.
The main reason for creep feeding is to ensure growth even when milk production of the mother is decreased, but there are other benefits as well:
With calves creep feed can be introduced as early as three days after birth, and with lambs it can be introduced 14 days after birth. The reason for introducing creep feed at such an early age is to stimulate rumen development which leads to faster growth at a younger age.
Creep feed should have specific characteristics which can also be found in Molatek’s sheep fattening concentrate/calf concentrate. Characteristics include: