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by high plainsman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Looking at drought this coming year
Replies: 21
Views: 1577

Re: Looking at drought this coming year

We are in the only area of Colorado that isn't in a severe drought. But it was very dry from late last summer through mid April. We then got good moisture until mid May. The pasture grass was slow to grow until the middle of May and then it just exploded. The sheep couldn't keep up with it, so I wou...
by high plainsman
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Oat Hay
Replies: 12
Views: 419

Re: Oat Hay

I sent in a sample of oat forage for testing, and it came back with .44% calcium and .33% phosphorus. So obviously the CA:P ratio is way too close. I wouldn't have suspected that. The oats were in the late boot to early heading stage.
by high plainsman
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Oat Hay
Replies: 12
Views: 419

Re: Oat Hay

that is interesting to give no Calcium value to alfalfa. Thanks for information Mike.
by high plainsman
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Oat Hay
Replies: 12
Views: 419

Re: Oat Hay

Mike, do you know how nutritionists would formulate a ration that uses the majority of the forage as alfalfa in calculating the calcium requirement? That is for example only giving 75% of the calcium as available?
by high plainsman
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Oat Hay
Replies: 12
Views: 419

Re: Oat Hay

Hi Nic, and welcome to the forum. I am in northeast Colorado, so we have similar conditions. I haven't fed oat hay to sheep, but I do graze oats with them, and they like and do well on it. I also graze sorghum/sudan grass, but I would agree if I put it up for hay, there would be a lot stems they wou...
by high plainsman
Mon May 28, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Farm Tour and Lunch
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: Farm Tour and Lunch

What a great idea! You are fortunate to live in an area that is close to major vacation spots and where such a wide variety of produce and other food products are produced. And with your Black Welsh Mountain Sheep, you have a great story to tell.

Good job!
by high plainsman
Sun May 06, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Twins 1 fetal dead 1 alive

Mike Wallace mentioned nitrates could be a possible culprit. If I recall correctly, you had to buy a lot of hay from a source you had not used before. Is it possible there could be a connection with the forage and your current problems.
by high plainsman
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Feeding Fresh Alfalfa
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Feeding Fresh Alfalfa

Years ago I bought hay from a hay dealer, and he said the alfalfa would go through a "sweat" for a couple of weeks after it was first stacked. This was small square bales weighing around 70 pounds. But I never knew of any problems from feeding it right away.
by high plainsman
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Feeding Lactating Ewes **super newbie alert**
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: Feeding Lactating Ewes **super newbie alert**

I think that Mike Wallace is on track with his questions and advice. I try to have the over all crude protein of the total feed run at least 16%. If your ewes have trips and quads nursing them, they are probably milking their hearts out. They can't eat enough to support that amount of milk flow, so ...
by high plainsman
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:16 pm
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!*

I agree with Denice's advice. With so many multiple births, it certainly helps for the ewe and her lambs to form the bond if put into a jug. Some have suggested leave them in the jug 12 hours for each number of lambs. You can adjust the time depending on how well the bonding process is going. It wou...
by high plainsman
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Sharpening an emasculator?
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Sharpening an emasculator?

Thanks. Good information and analysis. I use the bands and have never had any lasting problems, but I hate watching the lambs withering around on the ground after I band them. I don't have the extreme cold to deal with that you have, so as far as those issues goes it isn't a problem. Anything that h...
by high plainsman
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Sharpening an emasculator?
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Sharpening an emasculator?

what do you see for the pros and cons of using the emasculator versus bands?
by high plainsman
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Ewe with cut on teat
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Ewe with cut on teat

Is it an actual cut or just a scab? I believe that if lambs have the sore mouth virus, it can also cause scabs on the ewes teats. I would also check to see if one of the lambs happen to have a sharp tooth that at some point caused the scab. At any rate, I would suggest you get some udder creame and ...
by high plainsman
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Lambs that die a few days after turnout, starved
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Lambs that die a few days after turnout, starved

You have an up hill battle for sure with what nature has dished out to you. I am reminded of something Linda Poole told me once. " Let nature do most of the work and all of the thinking". But with your off farm schedule, it sounds like lambing when the weather is better, might not be an op...
by high plainsman
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Lambs that die a few days after turnout, starved
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Lambs that die a few days after turnout, starved

Have you vaccinated the ewes a couple of weeks prior to lambing for C&D? If not, you may want to give the new born lambs a shot of C & D anti-toxin. We always paint brand the ewe and her lambs with the same number so we can easily see even at a distance if the ewe is properly caring for both...

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