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by OogieM
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Looking at drought this coming year
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: Looking at drought this coming year

Well I was right, major drought. We've kept most of the stock in the winter feeding corrals and on hay. Luckily I managed to source more hay so have enough. The only group of sheep out on pasture at all is the ewes and lambs. I decided the lambs needed to be out there to reduce parasite infestations...
by OogieM
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: General management
Topic: tapeworm
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: tapeworm

I disagree with the research on tapeworms not being a concern. They do take up nutrients that could be used by the lambs and they can kill them if they get too numerous. If I see large numbers of segments in nearly all lambs I will deworm them all. If it's only one or 2 sheep I'll deworm only them a...
by OogieM
Tue May 29, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Selecting Replacements
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Selecting Replacements

I am guessing that your goal is to have straight forward birthing ewes that have an easy disposition; reducing your handling time. While producing 150-175% live lambs of ewes bred with a good carcass for my specific speciality market on grass with no added grain inputs. A fleece that meets breed de...
by OogieM
Sun May 27, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Farm Tour and Lunch
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Farm Tour and Lunch

This past week we teamed up with one of our distributers to host a farm tour and mutton lunch. This distributer goes to all the small local farms here in our valley picking up vegetables, meat, eggs, fruit, honey etc to order and delivers it to chefs at restaurants in the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen,...
by OogieM
Sun May 27, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Selecting Replacements
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Selecting Replacements

With our primary lambing done (still waiting on 3 late ewes who appear to have taken to the backup ram) I'm starting my evaluations of potential replacements. Or more accurately, deciding on the for sure culls. With our drought and getting older and wanting to reduce our numbers I'm looking for ways...
by OogieM
Sun May 27, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: weaning protocols
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: weaning protocols

We wean all ram lambs no later than 90 days old. Reason is that we've had them breed ewes when I left them in for 120 days or so and I don't like oops lambs. Ewe lambs stay with their dams until later in the fall strictly because we can run a larger mob for grazing if I combine all the ewes, ewe lam...
by OogieM
Mon May 07, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

Mike Wallace mentioned nitrates could be a possible culprit. If I recall correctly, you had to buy a lot of hay from a source you had not used before. Is it possible there could be a connection with the forage and your current problems. Could be, we did test the forages, we do that all the time but...
by OogieM
Sun May 06, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

Mike Wallace wrote:Were the ewes vaccinated for Chlamydia, and Campylobacter?


No, covexin 8 and our custom type A clostridia vaccine is all we normally give them.
by OogieM
Sat May 05, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

Need vet script to get feed CTC but your vet could likely look at your photos and talk with you then immediately write the script for crumbles you can add to feed. No matter what it is, you can't go wrong with isolating affected sheep, and careful disposal of all fluids and tissue. The year I battl...
by OogieM
Sat May 05, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

Wondering if anyone has any ideas on a problem we are seeing this year. I've had 2 ewes so far with twins where 1 is normal and alive and one twin is dead and fetal. I've had one ewe where both were dead but we also had to shoot the ewe as they were totally stuck and I couldn't get the la,bs out. Up...
by OogieM
Tue May 01, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Adjusting Weights Question PolyPay sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: Adjusting Weights Question PolyPay sheep

I don't know any Polypay breeders that manually do this adjusting. If you use NSIP it's all built into the program. Yes but HOW does it do it? I'm programming BLUP analysis into LambTracker and need to know. Plus, knowing how corrections are applied is a factor in calculating the accuracies of the ...
by OogieM
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Multiple abscesses
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: Multiple abscesses

Hilmar wrote:So would the puss be pure lanolin? My wife has a birthday coming up.

If it's liquidy then that's not it. lanolin cysts are almost always dry flakey with perhaps a bit of gooey tar consistency areas.
by OogieM
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Multiple abscesses
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: Multiple abscesses

What I called abscesses were raised bumps that were firm - not squishy when I touched them. They were the same color as the skin around them, perhaps a bit more pink. They were the diameter from a nickel to a quarter. Those sound like what I call lanolin cysts. One of the ducts gets blocked and you...
by OogieM
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: CIDR on ewe lambs
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: CIDR on ewe lambs

Two final questions. Does anyone have problems with the CIDR’s coming out or being pulled out? If a CIDR is pulled prior to final date can the original be re-inserted or must a new CIDR be used ? Thanks for the information, I hope 2018 is the best year ever for you guys! We've had the guard dogs pu...
by OogieM
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Adjusting Weights Question PolyPay sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Adjusting Weights Question PolyPay sheep

Not exactly where this should go. It's not LambPlan or NSIP so I put it here. I'm programming into LambTracker the genetic calculations module and need to include the tables for correcting weaning weights by breed. This is the first step in properly calculating EBVs, litter weights and other methods...

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