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by Tom Nichols
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Lambing Ewe Lamb
Replies: 11
Views: 2341

Re: Lambing Ewe Lamb

Chris, Before you get too worried about your breeding program and production system, remember that we went through a very severe drought last spring through early winter and it had a major effect on forage production and animal growth. Therefore, we had poor conditions for ewelamb growth until the l...
by Tom Nichols
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Lambing Ewe Lamb
Replies: 11
Views: 2341

Re: Lambing Ewe Lamb

Chris,
We have had very good grazing this late winter and spring so I wouldn't discount the possibility that your lambs are larger as a result -especially if you have been grazing annual ryegrass.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: How to get lamb to suck?
Replies: 6
Views: 2824

Re: How to get lamb to suck?

You don't mention the breed, but if I owned the ewe, I would mutton her and start over with a breed or line with higher lamb vigor.
A good suggestion to check its temp. You also might increase the colostrum to 4 ounces every four hours.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: load from ground trailer
Replies: 0
Views: 848

load from ground trailer

I had a few messages asking what I meant by a load from the ground trailer, here's a few pictures of Mr. G's. My plan is to remove the bay doors on the back of my Wilson trailer and bolt on a two foot box that will include the ramps. Of course, my semi is 50 inches to the first deck and 46 to the se...
by Tom Nichols
Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Round bale feeder
Replies: 33
Views: 9449

Re: Round bale feeder

Jon,
Does your welder have a long wait time for new projects? I want to add a load from the ground ramp and trailer hitch to my sheep trailer and if I'm ever going to get it done I think I need to hire out the welding.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Mon May 19, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: weak lambs on fodder diet
Replies: 18
Views: 3616

Re: weak lambs on fodder diet

I lean mighty hard toward agreement with the comment about white muscle disease.
I'm going to catch hell here, however, I also think NSPS (New Sheep Producer Syndrome) cpmbined with the bright shiny object syndrome may be involved.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Events, conferences, etc.
Topic: Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School
Replies: 3
Views: 1196

Re: Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School

Just today and tomorrow to get-in-on one of the outstanding events this industry has to offer. I've been to four schools -Yes, I'm a slow learner- and have learned much each time from not only the scheduled activities but also the attendees from through-out the country and world. We are trying to ke...
by Tom Nichols
Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Events, conferences, etc.
Topic: Pipestone lamb and wool
Replies: 3
Views: 1099

Re: Pipestone lamb and wool

I have been thinking about taking their management class since attending the National Lamb Feeders School in that area a few years ago. I think it would be fun to take as a group and mastermind on this forum or Facebook or google hangouts.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Chute systems- are my plans good? pic
Replies: 16
Views: 6597

Re: Chute systems- are my plans good? pic

If it were me, I would drop back to 5x5 jugs and run your working chute down the opposite wall. Add jugs across the back wall and If designed with removable or swing dividers could be used as a leadup alley to the chute.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: custom lambing
Replies: 13
Views: 2660

Re: custom lambing

Thanks for the comments. There are but seventy ewes to lamb and I will lamb them for $15 or 20 per head depending on the weather and whether they are shed lambed or pasture lambed. The points made on biosecurity and the use of forage and facilities that would otherwise be availble for our own ewes a...
by Tom Nichols
Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: custom lambing
Replies: 13
Views: 2660

Re: custom lambing

Wow, $100/ewe to lamb, it's a good thing I asked because I can't imagine anything over $20 and must folks I know would be mighty squeamish if you asked for that.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: custom lambing
Replies: 13
Views: 2660

custom lambing

I am looking for suggestions on terms and conditions for custom lambing a group of mixed aged N.C. cheviot ewes.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Can you compete?
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Re: Can you compete?

Can they compete? Spiral sliced ham is $1.68 at Shop-n-cart. The shank end was $1.18. Walmart and ostco probably sell them even cheaper. Why revel in a race to the bottom? Being a loss leader for a supermarket chain can't be a good thing. I bet there aren't 300 sows within 300 miles.Look what two fo...
by Tom Nichols
Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Ewes breeding while lactating - how unusual ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1164

Re: Ewes breeding while lactating - how unusual ?

It is very common in dorsets and dorset based breeds.
Tom
by Tom Nichols
Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Homemade chutes, anyone have pictures?
Replies: 2
Views: 1708

Re: Homemade chutes, anyone have pictures?

A previous discussion titled "chute set up" may still have a link to a photobucket page with pictures of the equipment and facilities we use.
Tom

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