The Benefits of a Protein Tub for Sheep 

protein tub for sheep

Protein Tub for Sheep

Protein is known as the building block for cells. As you work to build your quality sheep flock, you want to be sure that the health and nutrition of that flock are top priorities. If they are, you need to offer adequate protein to your ewes when they need it most.  

When an ewe’s diet is deficient in protein, then fetal development can be impacted, as well as growth and milk production could be reduced. That’s where a protein tub for sheep comes in. 

DuraFerm® Protein Tub for Sheep  

At BioZyme®, makers of DuraFerm® vitamin and mineral supplements for sheep and goats, we know the value of protein for all species. That’s why we offer the DuraFerm® Concept•Aid® Protein Tub Sheep.  

DuraFerm is a line of nutritional supplements for sheep and goats that supports optimal digestion and nutrition for maximized performance at every stage of production.  

The DuraFerm Concept•Aid Protein Tub Sheep is a protein tub for sheep that incorporates vitamins and minerals to support reproductive success. This 125-pound tub: 

  • Contains AO-Biotics® Amaferm®, a prebiotic research-proven to enhance digestibility.  
  • Contains the Concept•Aid sheep mineral package in a 16% natural protein tub.  
  • Supports embryo production and conception using organic trace minerals and high levels of vitamin E 

This tub combines Amaferm, Concept Aid, organic trace minerals, and protein, making it the ideal solution for producers during late gestation and lactation. Let’s review the three most critical times to supplement added protein into your flock. 

When to Offer a Protein Tub for Sheep 

For sheep, 3 vital periods require extra protein intake to ensure optimal health, growth, and productivity. 

1. Late Gestation 

The final 6 weeks of pregnancy are crucial for pregnant ewes. During this time, the developing lamb(s) grow rapidly, and the ewe’s nutritional needs, particularly for protein, increase significantly, upwards to 11%.  

Sufficient protein is essential to support fetal development, improve birth weights, increase lamb vigor at birth and enhance the ewe’s body condition and health to prepare for lambing. Poor nutrition, including inadequate protein, during late gestation may result in pregnancy ketosis, lower birth weights, weak lambs and/or lower milk production.  

2. Lactation 

The early lactation period, particularly the first 6 to 8 weeks post-lambing, is another critical time for increased protein intake. Ewes need extra protein to produce the necessary high-quality milk to support the growth and development of their lambs. Ensuring that ewes receive adequate protein during lactation helps maintain milk production and contributes to the overall health and growth rates of the lambs. 

Not only do they use this protein to produce milk, they pass this protein onto their lambs through their milk to ensure a healthy, growing lamb. 

3. Growth Phase 

Young, developing lambs, particularly those being raised for meat or as replacement breeding stock, require higher levels of protein to support rapid growth and muscle development. This period typically spans from weaning until they reach market weight or maturity. Providing adequate protein during this growth phase helps achieve optimal weight gains, good body condition, and overall health. 

Ensuring that sheep receive adequate protein during these critical periods helps optimize their reproductive performance, milk production, and growth rates, ultimately contributing to the flock’s overall productivity and profitability. 

Invest in a Protein Tub for Sheep  

DuraFerm’s protein tubs offer several management benefits over other sources of protein for sheep. Not just because of their protein supplementation, but because tubs offer specific advantages over other products. 

These benefits make a protein tub for sheep an attractive option for shepherds aiming to optimize the health and productivity of their herd.  

Convenience & Consistency  

Protein tubs are highly convenient for both sheep and owners. Unlike daily feed mixes or individual supplements, protein tubs provide a constant and consistent source of protein. Sheep can access the protein whenever they need it, ensuring they maintain steady intake levels without the need for frequent human intervention.  


Your flock can self-regulate their protein intake with a protein tub for sheep. They consume protein according to their physiological needs, which can vary based on age, reproductive status, and health.  

This self-regulation helps prevent both underfeeding and overfeeding, ensuring optimal protein levels are maintained. And never fear—if you’re worried about your goats staying on feed when given the option to roam, we’ve considered that issue. 

DuraFerm’s products include Amaferm, a prebiotic that boosts sheep digestion. This helps keep them eating even during periods of environmental stress.  

Reduced Labor & Management  

Compared to daily feed supplements or individually tailored rations, protein tubs significantly reduce the labor and management required. This is particularly advantageous for larger herds or for owners with limited time. Protein tubs for sheep provide a long-lasting and low-maintenance solution.  

Palatability & Consumption  

Protein tubs are designed to be highly palatable, encouraging consistent consumption. This ensures that sheep receive their required nutrients regularly, leading to better overall health and productivity. This is especially true when compared to less palatable protein sources that sheep might avoid.  

Do you want to Strengthen Your Stock?   

Adding protein to your flock seems like a simple choice. However, you want to be sure you have adequate protein along with the other nutrients you need and a prebiotic that will benefit your flock, like Amaferm.  

You’ve invested in quality genetics for your flock. Now it is time to strengthen your stock with a quality vitamin and mineral supplement with adequate protein to help your flock perform to its optimum.   

You can! Simply add DuraFerm to your operation. Get the added protein you need to strengthen your stock during the times they need it most with a protein tub for sheep—DuraFerm Concept•Aid Protein Tub Sheep.   

Buy your DuraFerm Today!   

Find a dealer closest to you by using our dealer locator.  Perhaps you want to buy it online. You certainly can!    

Want more information about DuraFerm or to use our sheep gestation calculator? Visit us online.   

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