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by high plainsman
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Practical application of Grompertz formula
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Practical application of Grompertz formula

Thanks Mike, it looks like to me that even if a person was using the Grompertz formula to predict the growth curve of lambs, the effect of photoperiod length would also have to be factored in. I was hoping to find a way of better predicting when a lamb would reach certain weights, and then estimate ...
by high plainsman
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Practical application of Grompertz formula
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Practical application of Grompertz formula

Can anyone provide a non - linear graph or information for a simple application of the Grompertz formula? I understand the concept that as lambs get closer to their finished weight, it takes more energy to gain each additional pound than when the lamb was at a lighter weight. There are charts that s...
by high plainsman
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Hay quality for gestating ewes
Replies: 1
Views: 3413

Re: Hay quality for gestating ewes

The first thing I would do is have the hay tested for crude protein, TDN, CA and P and other minerals. I suppose it makes a difference what part of the country the hay is produced. I prefer to feed a good quality third cutting alfalfa/grass mix. I find the CA:P is more in line with the ewes nutritio...
by high plainsman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: General management
Topic: skinny skinny lamb and down ewe
Replies: 6
Views: 7054

Re: skinny skinny lamb and down ewe

I did some limited research on the effects of livestock eating poisonous plants. In almost all cases there were numerous symptoms and only a few caused lower than normal body temperatures. Many caused high temperatures. So my suggestion to look at plant poisoning is probably way off the mark.
by high plainsman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Pasture mix
Replies: 2
Views: 4034

Re: Pasture mix

You may want to check out Green Cover Seed website. They have a link to a spreadsheet that lets you enter your zip code (for local climate conditions) your top three priority for what you want to achieve, and then lists of the best species to use to achieve those goals. It has an option that either ...
by high plainsman
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: General management
Topic: skinny skinny lamb and down ewe
Replies: 6
Views: 7054

Re: skinny skinny lamb and down ewe

I don't know what would be an anti-dote. I suppose it would depend on what type of poison it might have been. Hopefully someone else on the forum who has more knowledge than I can help you out.
by high plainsman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: skinny skinny lamb and down ewe
Replies: 6
Views: 7054

Re: skinny skinny lamb and down ewe

Since the lamb has a sub-normal temperature, could it have eaten a poisonous plant? I believe that can cause a low temperature .
by high plainsman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: 10 1/2 year old sheep with arthritis?
Replies: 3
Views: 4901

Re: 10 1/2 year old sheep with arthritis?

You may want to double check it isn't OPP that is affecting your ewe. One of the major symptoms is arthritis in the front knees. Although it doesn't sound like she has other common symptoms of OPP. If it is arthritis with no other complications, I wouldn't think antibiotics would be of that much hel...
by high plainsman
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Farmhouse kitchen
Topic: selling lamb
Replies: 16
Views: 14452

Re: selling lamb

If I remember correctly, the piece of meat is run through a chamber and some type of laser is beamed on a small spot. The heat from the laser simulates being cooked. This releases some vapor that can be analyzed by the molecules make up and that is compared to known molecular structure in relation t...
by high plainsman
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Farmhouse kitchen
Topic: selling lamb
Replies: 16
Views: 14452

Re: selling lamb

Recommendations I have seen, suggest serving lamb one category less done than what a person would like beef. So if you like your beef medium well, you would cook the lamb to medium. At a seminar I attended last spring, they did a taste test with small bites of lamb. One set of samples was grain fed ...
by high plainsman
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Farmhouse kitchen
Topic: selling lamb
Replies: 16
Views: 14452

Re: selling lamb

Kirsten and others. My mistake. I should have proof read my post before I hit the submit button. It should have read 105 to 115 pounds. I could only wish I had lambs that grew that fast. LOL.

Sorry for the misinformation.
by high plainsman
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Farmhouse kitchen
Topic: selling lamb
Replies: 16
Views: 14452

Re: selling lamb

I can't really say about the taste of the sexually mature ram's meat. We haven't castrated any of our rams for the last two years, and when we sold them as slaughter lambs at the FT. Collins auction, we topped the market for their weight class. (205 to 215 pounds) I don't know how many go to the eth...
by high plainsman
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Farmhouse kitchen
Topic: selling lamb
Replies: 16
Views: 14452

Re: selling lamb

We had a mature ewe that had a bad hernia, but was other wise in good health. After she weaned her lambs we were going to dispose of her. I knew we would get next to nothing at the sale barn, so we had her butchered. We had most of her made into burger, but kept the leg. It was very good eating, and...
by high plainsman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Assisted birth - Transvere presentation
Replies: 6
Views: 5956

Re: Assisted birth - Transvere presentation

Does the ewe have a sore or tender udder or teats? I have had them do that and found that something was causing discomfort. Maybe sharp lamb teeth? And other times I have concluded the ewe was just being a bone head.
by high plainsman
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Assisted birth - Transvere presentation
Replies: 6
Views: 5956

Re: Assisted birth - Transvere presentation

Good job and well done John. You expressed how my emotions so often go when deciding when to assist and when not to. Going from calm interest, to concerned feelings, to determined action and finally great relief and feeling of well being. Good luck on the rest of your lambing.

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