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by Linda Poole
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Multiple abscesses
Replies: 4
Views: 90

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: 163

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: 163

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: 438

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: 140

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: 572

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: 18
Views: 1006

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: 18
Views: 1006

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: 642

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: 428

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...
by Linda Poole
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Panting in new born lamb
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: Panting in new born lamb

Sorry to hear about the loss of the lamb. Did you take the temperature of the lambs? Good clues for sorting out problems, especially in a case of one healthy and one dying lamb. Comparing the temps of the lambs to one another as well as to the normal range can be helpful. A postmortem can help too. ...
by Linda Poole
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Ram vs wether lambs
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Ram vs wether lambs

I've experimented a bit with twin male lambs -- castrate one, leave the other intact, decide which is which by a coin toss. About 40 matched pairs over the last five years. This is a crossbred wool flock with Targhee, Dohne merino, Ile de France, Clun Forest, and Corriedale heritage. The ewes and la...
by Linda Poole
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: General management
Topic: ewe lambs walking on knees
Replies: 7
Views: 719

Re: ewe lambs walking on knees

Having a similar issue here but for a very different reason. It's wicked dry here -- less than 2 inches precip this year -- and the ground is rock hard. The good news is that my fine wool ewes who often grow too much toe have excellent hoof form this year. The bad news is that the Clun-cross ewes, w...
by Linda Poole
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Ram with swollen head and fever
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: Ram with swollen head and fever

Here photosensitivity often, maybe always, results from consumption of toxic plants or from contact allergens. On Montana's prairies there's a small plant of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) that is one of the first to emerge in the spring. Both cattle and sheep usually don't eat much of it but cert...
by Linda Poole
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Lamb sucking on other male lamb
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Lamb sucking on other male lamb

Thanks for explaining how you are using the flower pot. I just couldn't imagine. Haven't seen it myself but remember hearing about a contraption for rams being run with ewes not meant to be bred. It sounded like a light fabric tube with mesh undercarriage, with straps fore and aft to hold it in plac...

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