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by BK-Ohio
Wed May 14, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Walking on joint instead of hoof
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Walking on joint instead of hoof

Brian,
I would splint it. I have never seen one self correct. I'd splint it for a week or so with Vet Wrap and a couple popsicle sticks, or something like that. By the way, I'm up here in Athens County, glad to see you on here.
BK
by BK-Ohio
Mon May 05, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: depressed ewe
Replies: 18
Views: 2783

Re: depressed ewe

I'm not sure I'd be willing to give up a good beer to a sheep unless they appreciated the sacrifice I was making for them...
by BK-Ohio
Mon May 05, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: depressed ewe
Replies: 18
Views: 2783

Re: depressed ewe

Kris, I have found it helpful to mix the cud you collect with enough water so that you can drench it. I have done this twice, and the first time I tried it there was somewhat of a miraculous recovery. I mean a sheep with the "look of death" down and one foot in the grave to up and eating a...
by BK-Ohio
Fri May 02, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: depressed ewe
Replies: 18
Views: 2783

Re: depressed ewe

Here are a couple of ideas. I'd give her a Thiamine shot just in case it is an early case of Polio. It won't hurt if it isn't that. Second, she could have abomasum shut down, a congenital defect that some blackface sheep develop at about 3 to 4 years. They just stop eating. I had one once that I cou...
by BK-Ohio
Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:44 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: down ewe and more of retained placenta
Replies: 4
Views: 1260

Re: down ewe and more of retained placenta

Diane, Glad things are looking up. I think you did fine with your intervention. I would add Dexamethasone to the mix for this type of thing in the future. It is an Anti-Inflamatory steroid that has some very good side effects. It stimulates appetite, decreases fever and gives a general feeling of eu...
by BK-Ohio
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Ideas for Crossbreeding Tunis Ewes
Replies: 18
Views: 2942

Re: Ideas for Crossbreeding Tunis Ewes

Acorn Valley, I'd think twice before waiting until fall. You will get whats left after everything has been sold or picked over. On the other hand, if you are planning on breeding later, you might be able to pick up a nice ram after someone else is done with it. Personally, I rarely keep extra ram la...
by BK-Ohio
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: 9% prolapse and climbing
Replies: 42
Views: 5598

Re: 9% prolapse and climbing

Lana, I was responding to this answer from Ewewhat.. "Saffron: On harnessing; we have to catch any ewe we want to harness. The thought of lambs being trampled to save a ewe that may have genetic issues is not pleasant. This is why we abandoned harnessing. We purchased grain and are feeding by h...
by BK-Ohio
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: 9% prolapse and climbing
Replies: 42
Views: 5598

Re: 9% prolapse and climbing

One other tidbit of information that might help you. If you find it challenging to catch the ewes out in the open, I suggest you purchase one of the blue shepherd's crooks from Premier. I find mine very useful for snagging the hind leg of a passing ewe. Its much cheaper than a dog and much easier th...
by BK-Ohio
Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: 9% prolapse and climbing
Replies: 42
Views: 5598

Re: 9% prolapse and climbing

[quote="Janet McNally"]I have also never felt that free choice hay causes prolapses, and wonder, if by restricting access to hay and nutrient dense diets that one might actually be covering up a genetic issue. Janet[/quote] Janet, You may be right, but I just don't have prolapse issues wit...
by BK-Ohio
Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: 9% prolapse and climbing
Replies: 42
Views: 5598

Re: 9% prolapse and climbing

Don, Hey, if it works for you don't change it. I agree that there are many ways to "skin a cat". I was always of the opinion that a young ewe just had less capacity in her to hold lambs and all the hay she wanted to eat. Nothing scientific, just an opinion. But after pulling some great big...
by BK-Ohio
Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:11 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: 9% prolapse and climbing
Replies: 42
Views: 5598

Re: 9% prolapse and climbing

A couple of observations from a 30 year experience. 1. I have not trimmed a ewes foot in over 10 years. If one starts limping, she gets a good dose of LA200. If that doesn't fix it, she gets a second in 3 days. I have no lame ewes. 2. I would never give pregnant ewes free choice hay, especially ewe ...
by BK-Ohio
Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:02 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: overheating a lamb by mistake- protocol?
Replies: 21
Views: 3638

Re: overheating a lamb by mistake- protocol?

Wendy, You might not have done anything wrong at all. I have brought back lifeless lambs in less than three hours. Maybe the lamb had other issues, like aspirating fluid, musculoskeletal injuries from an over zealous ewe trying to get her lamb up. I have had ewes in the past paw to the point of inju...
by BK-Ohio
Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:47 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Out of patience -- kind worried
Replies: 9
Views: 1691

Re: Out of patience -- kind worried

Mark, After a really hard birth, I like to harness them. If you happen to see her strain before you leave the barn, then I'd box stich her vulva, still allowing her to clean. If you tore a hole in the uterine wall, she might prolapse her gut through the hole, or it just might heal shut. It is really...
by BK-Ohio
Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: rottenness
Replies: 9
Views: 2055

Re: rottenness

LA 200 is a tetracycline drug. If you are looking for an anti-inflammatory, I'd use Dexamethasone. It gives a pick me up, increases appetite, cuts fever and decreases inflammation. I bit of a wonder drug if you ask me. It does suppress the immune system, so it should be covered with an antibiotic. I...
by BK-Ohio
Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:30 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Ewe not letting lamb nurse
Replies: 13
Views: 3138

Re: Ewe not letting lamb nurse

Agree with all of the posts above. I had a ewe a few weeks back that I had to halter for about a week. One day, I took the lamb away from her to handle it and she went nuts. I let her fret about it for a while and the lamb started talking back to her. When I finally put him back in, she let him nurs...

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