A large cost at lambing time can be milk replacement powder, with an average UK farm gate price of approximately 29p/litre for cows’ milk, people are asking if whole cows’ milk acts as a direct substitute for lambs.

Ewe milk is richer in protein, fat, calcium and minerals than that of cow milk, meaning it is nutritionally different. However different breeds of cow, such as Jersey, do have higher fat content. Due to the nutritional composition differences, it shouldn’t be used as a direct substitute.