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by Linda Poole
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: General management
Topic: tapeworm
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: tapeworm

Hi Kris, Valbazen works on tapeworms, at least on those that haven't developed resistance to it. I've read the same recommendation not to treat for tapeworms. I've also seen necropsy photos of lambs with intestinal blockages of nothing other than tapeworms (i.e., the tapeworms killed the lambs). So ...
by Linda Poole
Sun May 06, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

If it is chlamydia in an unvaccinated flock, one reference I read stated that losses could easily exceed 50% of the current year lamb crop, with continued losses in subsequent years. When I went through it, I lost 11 of the first 13 lambs all in a two day period. That was more lambs than I had lost ...
by Linda Poole
Sat May 05, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

Oral tetracycline can be mixed with loose salt and mineral, though it's harder to get proper dosage for each sheep. Bill Keough might be able to help you think through that idea. Many people give a SQ shot of LA300 instead of feeding the medication. If it is chlamydia or border disease, there are im...
by Linda Poole
Sat May 05, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

Sorry for the troubles, Oogie. You might investigate abortive diseases like chlamydia, and look into Border Disease Virus, aka hairy shaker disease. I've unfortunately had zero luck when sending in tissue for lab ID. But had excellent response when treating chlamydia with tetracycline, either throug...
by Linda Poole
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Multiple abscesses
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Multiple abscesses

Oh, lucky woman, a gift of "pure" lanolin! Going to have to shear some more sheep, Mark, and hope to uncover a lumpy back before your wife's special day. :lol:
by Linda Poole
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Multiple abscesses
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Multiple abcesses

Hi Mark,

A vet could supply you with a sterile swab/culture tube to collect fresh goo from the abscess. Supposedly they can culture the exudate and ID the causative agent.
by Linda Poole
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Late bottle lamb refusing to suck or even swallow
Replies: 10
Views: 405

Re: Late bottle lamb refusing to suck or even swallow

I second Mike Wallace's advice on this. When lambing exhaustion hits, all I can do are the basics. I get through it by telling myself the strongest sheep will survive. Since I cull all ewes who fail to wean at least one good lamb, I know that next year will be better, with ewes that have proven they...
by Linda Poole
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Late bottle lamb refusing to suck or even swallow
Replies: 10
Views: 405

Re: Late bottle lamb refusing to suck or even swallow

Every once in a while an older lamb brought in for bottle rearing will drink milk from a small bucket. I have to hold them in place over the bucket, dip their mouths into the milk (but not so deep as their nostrils go under), and spend a bit of time encouraging them to get started. Best thing I foun...
by Linda Poole
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Second Chance or Cull ASAP? New breeding stock?? *newbie alert!*
Replies: 14
Views: 805

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

HI Tortoise, I think most of us had a steep learning curve with sheep. It's great that you're interacting with this forum as you're starting because there are some wise and generous shepherds to bounce ideas around with. Others have given good advice above. As for the ewe with stillborn and deformed...
by Linda Poole
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: how old can lambs learn to suck from bottle/lamb bar?
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: how old can lambs learn to suck from bottle/lamb bar?

Hi Maria- If I think I'll eventually need to bum a lamb, I leave it with its momma as long as feasible, but I start it on a bottle immediately. I rarely let a ewe raise triplets so I know I'll be stealing one of the three at some point in the first week. So in the first few hours after birth, I'll g...
by Linda Poole
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Numbers of ewes exposed per ram.
Replies: 10
Views: 819

Re: Numbers of ewes exposed per ram.

Hi Wayne, I run anywhere from 8 to 40 ewes per ram, depending on age and condition of ram. I take all rams in for breeding soundness exams prior to breeding season, so there's no chance of sterile or under-equipped rams. When I run multiple rams with a small bunch of ewes (like 40), there can be a l...
by Linda Poole
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Looking at drought this coming year
Replies: 21
Views: 1577

Re: Looking at drought this coming year

Price and protein in canola pellets vary but have been $200 - $250/ton and 38% protein lately. My sheep love it. It's high powered and not balanced feed, so I worked with Bill Keough to get the ration down right. Canola is one of those things where a little dab will do ya. Another concern is that th...
by Linda Poole
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Looking at drought this coming year
Replies: 21
Views: 1577

Re: Looking at drought this coming year

Sorry to hear of your situation, Oogie. Sounds like you're making similar tough choices like I've made in this record dry year in NE Montana. A few other things I've done may not work for you, but have been helpful here. I had my forage tested, including dormant dryland pasture. Turns out that reaso...
by Linda Poole
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Anyone have experience w/ Caseous Lymphadentis?
Replies: 10
Views: 840

Re: Anyone have experience w/ Caseous Lymphadentis?

I've not had CL in my flock but saw a case during shearing elsewhere. Pretty big deal then. Four shearers were going full tilt, hundreds of sheep were waiting their turns. An old shelly looking ewe reached the shearing floor, the shearer nicked an abscess with one of the first blows, and everything ...
by Linda Poole
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Panting in new born lamb
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: Panting in new born lamb

A good article on watery mouth is at http://www.nadis.org.uk/bulletins/lambing/lambing-part-5-diseases-of-newborn-lambs.aspx. This website is useful but scary reading about all kinds of sheep maladies. It's UK based so maybe not completely applicable to your circumstances (as it isn't here either) b...

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