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by Northfield
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Sheep scales
Replies: 16
Views: 15075

Re: Sheep scales

A scrap of stall mat meant for horses was a much better mat than the thin one that came with my scale.
by Northfield
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:30 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Sheep scales
Replies: 16
Views: 15075

Re: Sheep scales

I had a welder friend weld extra loops onto the uprights that held the panels around my scale, then I modified (ie, cut a section out of) the bottom of a wire panel so I could make the chute over the scale narrower for weighing lambs. The side panel "floated" over the scale- the other side...
by Northfield
Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: affordable scale
Replies: 5
Views: 1956

Re: affordable scale

I ordered mine from these folks. I can't remember how I found them, but I had no troubles, and my scale was shipped across the country. I'm out of the business now, but I think I had the 660 platform scale. We used it to weigh hogs occasionally, hence the higher weight capacity. I built a box to fit...
by Northfield
Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Farmhouse kitchen
Topic: Loukaniko sausage
Replies: 6
Views: 7988

Re: Loukaniko sausage

Yep, it does. I love coriander. The fennel was an add-in by us. We combined a couple of recipes & adjusted over several years of sausage-making.
by Northfield
Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Farmhouse kitchen
Topic: Loukaniko sausage
Replies: 6
Views: 7988

Re: Loukaniko sausage

We make a very close version of this every year. Ours has a little fennel in it, and some sauteed onions. It's one of our favorites. Don't read this next part, Bill: It's equally good made with goat. Oh, wait, maybe that's okay. I don't think you mind goat on the plate.
by Northfield
Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Wow, just had a first for our farm
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Re: Wow, just had a first for our farm

Unless these ewes are daughters of your ram, or he has incredibly poor sperm count, then your ram has essentially no part in "throwing singles." A ram with adequate sperm count will produce more than enough sperm to fertilize eggs the ewes have dropped. Multiple births have some genetic co...
by Northfield
Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:11 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: ram behavior
Replies: 11
Views: 2936

Re: ram behavior

run another ram with him you could have a gay ram there :) Back when I was writing my undergrad thesis (on mate choice & sexual signaling honesty), I came across a study that demonstrated that some rams actually do prefer other rams over ewes. Generally younger & less-dominant rams. The exp...
by Northfield
Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: ram behavior
Replies: 11
Views: 2936

Re: ram behavior

Every year about this time, I turn my yearling ewes (they have generally not lambed) in with my older ewe flock. My rams live with my ewes from just after lambing (early March) until late July. My NCC crosses are very seasonal- earliest accident lambs I've ever had were in late January. My rams alwa...
by Northfield
Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Guardian animals
Topic: Dog Food
Replies: 6
Views: 2019

Re: Dog Food

Be careful feeding horse meat. Horses are given all sorts of drugs that are "not for consumption", have unknown withdrawal times, and many horse people keep very poor records of when their animals were medicated. Horse meat would otherwise be a good source of food- for dogs or people. My n...
by Northfield
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Re: Scale

I find that if the scale is in the middle of a chute, the sheep move more readily through it. It takes more gates & operations. I have a chute leading from the crowd pen to the scale box (which has slide gates on either end), then a short chute leading from the scale to the exit pen. That chute ...
by Northfield
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Guardian animals
Topic: update on crossbred pups - should I neuter?
Replies: 35
Views: 5905

Re: update on crossbred pups - should I neuter?

I wonder how much training it takes to convince a dog to guard penguins. The article is about Maremmas:

http://www.livescience.com/37097-dogs-protect-endangered-penguins.html
by Northfield
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: best electronet
Replies: 21
Views: 3610

Re: best electronet

Another vote for Premier's products. I have some that's 10 yrs old & is still useful. I use the 35" tall Electronet (plastic uprights) and 35" tall E-Net (string uprights). Unlike Bill, I often prefer the string uprights. I've found that the plastic uprights bend and end up with a semi...
by Northfield
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: 3 legged lamb
Replies: 2
Views: 910

Re: 3 legged lamb

Not quite the same, but a couple of years ago, we had a young lamb (<4 wks old) get tangled in a wire & lose the lower part of a hind leg. I pulled him & his mother & twin into a smaller pen while he healed, but then he did just fine. He was a little smaller than the other lambs- the inj...
by Northfield
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Long can you keep colostrum?
Replies: 4
Views: 1086

Re: Long can you keep colostrum?

Measure out 1/2 oz or 1 oz amounts & freeze them in an ice tray. That way, when you need colostrum in a hurry next year, you know exactly how much you're thawing & how much a lamb has consumed. Re-heated colostrum doesn't keep well, so it's better to not thaw more than you need.
by Northfield
Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Stock For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Wanted: cotswolds, looking for a ram and another ewe
Replies: 7
Views: 1453

Re: Wanted: cotswolds, looking for a ram and another ewe

ZinniaZ, I'll send you a PM later. I used to raise Cotswolds.

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