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by high plainsman
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Feeding Lactating Ewes **super newbie alert**
Replies: 12
Views: 243

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: 438

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: 229

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: 229

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: 206

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: 285

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: 285

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...
by high plainsman
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: General management
Topic: Feeding lambs by sex?
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Feeding lambs by sex?

We haven't kept the feeder lambs separate according to sex or castrated or not. I have seen the ram lambs grow quite a bit faster. We do feed the replacement ewe lambs differently so they don't deposit too much fat in their udder. That is an interesting concept though of feeding differently accordin...
by high plainsman
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General management
Topic: efficient producing ewes
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: efficient producing ewes

Using breeding time as a base, makes sense to me. That would probably be her "normal" weight without any other influences such as weight of lambs and fluids. I think you have talked in other posts about using whole flock averages rather than individual production, but I don't remember your...
by high plainsman
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: The Shepherd's Hut
Topic: mills that make blankets
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: mills that make blankets

Thanks Steve. However after doing some online searching, I think the name of the wool mill is MacAusland Woolen Mills. They sound like a great place to do business with. Their posted prices are considerably less than other mills I have found in the U.S.
by high plainsman
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: General management
Topic: efficient producing ewes
Replies: 6
Views: 539

efficient producing ewes

Many recent recommendations on selecting for efficient producing ewes, say to divide the total pounds of lambs weaned by the weight of the ewe. But what I haven't been able find out, when or at what stage should the ewes be weighted. For example my ewes are in the best flesh at lambing and the least...
by high plainsman
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Triplets and the ewe -- enough milk?
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Triplets and the ewe -- enough milk?

We watch the lambs to see if they are often standing around with a hump in their back. Also if you pick them up, you can sense if they "feel" heavy or light for their size. We try to leave them with their dam and catch them to give them supplemental milk if need be. Sometimes though even t...
by high plainsman
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General management
Topic: BoSe
Replies: 10
Views: 642

Re: BoSe

We used to, but decided with adequate mineral and our area forages, it wasn't needed. We haven't had any problems since we quit administering it.
by high plainsman
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: After pulling...
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: After pulling...

A fact sheet from the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture states that after an assisted birth, a bolus should be placed in the uterus and antibiotics be given also for a few days.
by high plainsman
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: General management
Topic: Facebook and Misinformation
Replies: 7
Views: 543

Re: Facebook and Misinformation

Here in Colorado, there is a face book forum for sheep and lambs. I too noticed that often the comments were populated by folks that essentially were hobby producers. However I have also noted there were several participants that definitely were knowledgeable, experienced shepherds. I think what we ...

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