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by OogieM
Sat May 04, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Why do lambs not drink from the bottle, until they do?
Replies: 13
Views: 258

Re: Why do lambs not drink from the bottle, until they do?

I haven't tested forage in years and the only result was the low selenium and copper on the low end. I hesitate to ever supplement copper though, as sheep are so sensitive. I supplement with a good general purpose sheep dry mineral (very hard to get custom blends around here) You can test a few liv...
by OogieM
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: LambPlan and NSIP
Topic: EBVs for in-flock data?
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: EBVs for in-flock data?

Using only in-flock data over 5 years of using it to determine the worst sheep, i.e the culls, I have increased our lamb carcass weights by 4.35 pounds and yearling carcass weights by 1.96 pounds. We have kept birth weights the same and reduced the number of ewes that need assistance, This is data f...
by OogieM
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: eating a ram?
Replies: 9
Views: 425

Re: eating a ram?

Saffronsheepranch wrote:Have any of you had a mature ram butchered?

Yes you can eat a B. ovis positive sheep. And yes, I butcher mature adult rams all the time. I didn't sell the meat until I and tried several ourselves and was confident that the quality would not suffer.
by OogieM
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Share your Success
Topic: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Shave 'Em to Save 'Em

I can highly recommend that qualifying shepherds get signed up with the Livestock Conservancy's Shave 'Em to Save 'Em program. You must be a member and have a breed on their conservation lists. You apply for and get stickers. When a customer buys fiber from you you send them a filled out sticker wit...
by OogieM
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 21
Views: 1091

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

Sounds like a decent business opportunity around you. The cost to put together a mixed species USDA slaughter facility is approximately $1 million, not including land costs. I have looked into it many times. Mobile slaughter won't work here because you can't get large trucks and trailers the size t...
by OogieM
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 21
Views: 1091

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

I pulled up the market reports of the auction I will be taking lambs to. I wrote down the prices for 40-60# lambs (not choice, not prime) for all of this year and last year. Jan 2 auction #40-60 went $200-240. But I know this is the higher price time and that I won't be lambing to hit this market. ...
by OogieM
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Changing direction and growing the flock
Replies: 21
Views: 1091

Re: Changing direction and growing the flock

I'd agree that you need totake a look at Polypay and existing breeds. Developing a good composite breed takes decades. Do you have the time and skills to create a breed from the traits in the breeds you choose as founders?
by OogieM
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General management
Topic: CIDRs, to be or not to be?
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: CIDRs, to be or not to be?

I'm also curious about the difference in time people leave in the CIDRs. Package label I looked at said 7 days but it seems a lot of people do 12 days. Then some people do 12 days for years and one year try 7 days and suddenly swear by it and the better conception rate. And the people that swear by...
by OogieM
Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: General management
Topic: CIDRs, to be or not to be?
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: CIDRs, to be or not to be?

I want to synchronize the ewes so that I'm lambing in a short window. Sync them in-season. I'm aiming for groups together Oct 15- Nov 6 and lambing March 10- April 1. ..... I am learning that I can breed and select for this. But right now, starting up and building the flock, trying to get some lamb...
by OogieM
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General management
Topic: CIDRs, to be or not to be?
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: CIDRs, to be or not to be?

Why do you want to use them?

What do you think you will gain by synchronizing your ewes or breeding out of season?

We've used CIDRs a lot but only in artificial insemination protocols.
by OogieM
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: General management
Topic: What to do for nasal bot?
Replies: 5
Views: 6999

Re: What to do for nasal bot?

"The cure for grub in the head, is grub in the belly.", i.e. Nasal baots usually do not cause longterm damage, if the animal is well fed. Question diagnosis. I agree on the possible wrong diagnosis but disagree on the issue of damage nasal bots cause. We've had sheep die from then as docu...
by OogieM
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General management
Topic: What to do for nasal bot?
Replies: 5
Views: 6999

Re: What to do for nasal bot?

We have a ewe ( katahdin/ dorper/ Romanov) who we were told possibly had a nasal bot. Her breathing was extremely noisy and at times had foam around her mouth. We have given her a dose of dewormer and she has just gotten weaker and is going off feed. What do we need to do? We get nasal bots in our ...
by OogieM
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Events, conferences, etc.
Topic: Last Chance to Get in on learning non-Surgical AI
Replies: 1
Views: 6043

Re: Last Chance to Get in on learning non-Surgical AI

Meant to get back to this, the class is full.
by OogieM
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Events, conferences, etc.
Topic: Last Chance to Get in on learning non-Surgical AI
Replies: 1
Views: 6043

Last Chance to Get in on learning non-Surgical AI

If you have considered AI but didn't want topay the huge cost for surgical options then this class is for you. With proper timing technique and properly prepared semen we have equalled the LAI success rate using a simpe easy to perform procedure. Dr. Purdy will be teaching shephers how to do this pr...
by OogieM
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Events, conferences, etc.
Topic: Non-Surgical AI Seminar-Colorado
Replies: 2
Views: 4114

Re: Non-Surgical AI Seminar-Colorado

Bumping this as we still have a few spaces left for the class.

ANyone who is interested can also come to our farm starting today, 15 October until Wednesday 17 October and observe the semen collection side.

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