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by DonDrewry
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Oat Hay
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Oat Hay

I've actually fed oat hay several times. 1) Best cut when in dough stage. The more the head forms the less nutrients that are in the stalk and leaves. 2) Calcium was an issue. I didn't get hypocalcemia but I did get a lot of vaginal prolapses from ewes that had never done this before. I finally deci...
by DonDrewry
Fri May 04, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Adjusting Weights Question PolyPay sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Adjusting Weights Question PolyPay sheep

You could try asking Dave Notter, he would know the raw formulas.
by DonDrewry
Fri May 04, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: CIDR on ewe lambs
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: CIDR on ewe lambs

Don, have you tried to add a PMSG injection at the time of CIDR pull? I know most of the accelerated flocks are doing that and they find it raises the % settled, and possibly adds a few more lambs overall. I tried it the first time this year, but those ewes haven't dropped yet, and I didn't get the...
by DonDrewry
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Adjusting Weights Question PolyPay sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 283

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.
by DonDrewry
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: CIDR on ewe lambs
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: CIDR on ewe lambs

I tried reusing them when we left them in 7 days. The first ewes cycled as expected, the 2nd set of ewes that got them were only about 40% cycling when we pulled them.
by DonDrewry
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: CIDR on ewe lambs
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: CIDR on ewe lambs

I would do this protocol. Day 1 implant CIDR, Day 12 pull CIDRs, Day 13 put rams in. Key to getting good settling is limiting the ewes per ram. I use 8 ewes per ram per day on most of my rams. I've one ram that settles fewer ewes so this year he's going to get 5 ewes per day. If I want to breed more...
by DonDrewry
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: CIDR on ewe lambs
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: CIDR on ewe lambs

We've used them with moderate success. Have you tried them yet? Are you using them for out of season breeding or just synchronization?
by DonDrewry
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Second Chance or Cull ASAP? New breeding stock?? *newbie alert!*
Replies: 14
Views: 697

Re: Second Chance or Cull ASAP? New breeding stock?? *newbie alert!*

If you want ewes that required significant help with most lambings you're on the right track and I'd keep doing as you are. We jugged our ewes about a week before lambing. I know this is not best practice, but last year we had two ewes lose their lambs in the barn and not accept them when reunited. ...
by DonDrewry
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: mastitis in ewes
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: mastitis in ewes

twink wrote:Ok, thankyou very much. Do you see that the the ewes with sore udders will not let the lambs nurse at all or just not very readily?

It can vary, sometimes they'll let a favorite twin eat and not let the other one eat at all.
by DonDrewry
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Weaning bottle lamb
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Re: Weaning bottle lamb

If lambs are at least 30 lbs and 30 days (or close to that), and have had creep feed for 2 weeks, just wean them. Better for them and easier.
by DonDrewry
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: mastitis in ewes
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: mastitis in ewes

Hey Don, that is some goooood info. Thanks! I find that interesting what you said about mastitis being like pneumonia and moving to the udder instead of the lungs. I too find it hard to believe that bedding alone will solve it all and thought there had to be some other factor involved. I also belie...
by DonDrewry
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: mastitis in ewes
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: mastitis in ewes

We used to cull between 5 and 8% of our ewes each year to mastitis. We shed lamb primarily in Jan and February. I haven't had a case of acute mastitis in over 5 years so I'm of the opinion our current protocol is highly effective and would work in your case. Mike it upon some of it in his above post...
by DonDrewry
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: LambPlan and NSIP
Topic: Data Drives Meinders Stock Farm
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: Data Drives Meinders Stock Farm

You totally do not understand my point...that is TOTALLY. I don't understand your point either. Could you please explain? Outsidethebox, I searched on your tag to see if there were any posts that better explained you bias against EPDs. You are correct, I TOTALLY fail to understand any coherent poin...
by DonDrewry
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Facebook and Misinformation
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: Facebook and Misinformation

My view is the US sheep industry has shrunk so much that we should actually look at all of the segments we are not in, and say thank you. We need every one of the niches in this industry. That includes the western range flocks of thousands of ewes, feed lot operators from 10 lambs to 10,000+ lamb. S...
by DonDrewry
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: LambPlan and NSIP
Topic: Data Drives Meinders Stock Farm
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: Data Drives Meinders Stock Farm

YUP POLYPAYS. They're great. U might go to the NSIP site and find the Searchable Database, in the upper left hand corner type in 62009620016H16045 This will give u all his progeny for 2017 and if U check back after the site is updated you'll find this year's lambs sired by him. Click on the dam and...

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