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by Island Shepherd
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Need a new UTV
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: Need a new UTV

Jeff, I have used the Rangers a lot for shepherding jobs, and I like them. I have also used the tractor brands although more JD Gator than the orange machines. I would say the biggest differences in the past were speed, and fuel capacity so where I am covering a lot of ground with sheep spread out a...
by Island Shepherd
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Raising your own ram?
Replies: 13
Views: 1874

Re: Raising your own ram?

Wasn't going to comment, but I'm bored on a cold winter night, maxed out on politics, and I have already watched "Addicted to Sheep" once today. Here the breeding scheme we use: Four or more paternal lines are kept. Ewe hoggs from each line retained for breeding rotate backwards: #1 to #4,...
by Island Shepherd
Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Watson Blade Shears
Replies: 1
Views: 465

Watson Blade Shears

Has anyone tried the Watson shears? If so what are your thoughts on them? While we are primarily machine shearers, we do like to do some blade shearing on small farm mobs or rough islands where lugging the generator over ledges is a hassle. We have always used the old B&B shears, but these moder...
by Island Shepherd
Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Pre-lambing mastitis, grannies and colostrum
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Pre-lambing mastitis, grannies and colostrum

Slides 15-19 in the PDF that Denice linked describe how bovine colostrum can be contaminated by bacteria as well as blood and mastitis. Getting back to Don's original question and Brian and Mark's answer that antibiotics do not have a negative effect on antibodies (immunoglobulins) it would seem tha...
by Island Shepherd
Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Pre-lambing mastitis, grannies and colostrum
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Pre-lambing mastitis, grannies and colostrum

Brian Dietrich wrote:systemic or intramammary antibiotics do not destroy the antibodies in the milk.


Good to know.
by Island Shepherd
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Pre-lambing mastitis, grannies and colostrum
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Pre-lambing mastitis, grannies and colostrum

1) That is what it appears to be Don. We know that the hormones that produce lactation can be triggered by the birth process, or by the sucking action of young. Also colostrum is produced in the run up to lambing not just at a moments notice so it looks like the stolen lamb gets the true colostrum a...
by Island Shepherd
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Positions Available or Wanted
Topic: ISO experienced herder
Replies: 2
Views: 1248

Re: ISO experienced herder

Beautiful place. Certainly a great chance to add a profitable sheep enterprise. I asked my wife if she wanted to move to SD to help set up and run a sheep operation. Her replied was "no". I said; "why not?" She said; "no ocean". I said; "they've got an ocean of gra...
by Island Shepherd
Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time
Replies: 9
Views: 1780

Re: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time

Brought my last load of lambs to the butcher today. He had some beef and pigs to do but was glad to get the work now as bear, moose, and deer is all over with. With the temperature going into single digits (supposed to be 1F tonight plus quite a breeze of wind) I am glad to be rid of them. Tough to ...
by Island Shepherd
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:30 am
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time
Replies: 9
Views: 1780

Re: Selling Lambs around X-Mas Time

Mona Howard wrote:Malid ad-Nabi occurs, I believe at the end of December this year. There may be a demand for lamb a couple weeks beforehand. I noticed our local market spiked a little around this holiday last year. Could be coincidence. I will be taking a few
ram lambs at this time myself.


It was December 23rd.
by Island Shepherd
Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Scheduling CIDR Implants/Removals and Ram Ratio
Replies: 23
Views: 3069

Re: Scheduling CIDR Implants/Removals and Ram Ratio

Two different years breeding via LAI with frozen semen on Scottish Blackface ewes I had 79% and 65% take respectively. I reckoned the difference to be ewe condition at breeding and technician skill. The first lot were in exceptional shape having just come off the island and they were probably 3.5 or...
by Island Shepherd
Mon May 11, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues
Replies: 16
Views: 3212

Re: Maintaining Udder Health (or, Fat Ewes, the saga continues

Or maybe fat sheep are not such a bad thing after all? For those of you who systematically condition score your sheep and keep track of outcomes, what have you observed about this issue? Maybe a BCS over 4.5 is a problem, but just below that, not a totally bad deal? Linda, Your production numbers a...
by Island Shepherd
Thu May 07, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Retained Afterbirth
Replies: 4
Views: 709

Re: Retained Afterbirth

For a ewe that doesn't clean we usually just give long acting pen. They do tend to act depressed, and hang off from the flock some. They will dribble it out in time. As long as they are eating and drinking alright they usually recover fine. Good to note in your records. We used to give them a uterin...
by Island Shepherd
Wed May 06, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Weaning questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Weaning questions

You can. I'd shift the ewes off the lush grazing on to some rougher ground for a while if you can.
by Island Shepherd
Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Fat ewes!
Replies: 13
Views: 1985

Re: Fat ewes!

Was there any maple syrup made over that way this year? Sorry forgot to answer. There was but it was one messed up year, it started and stopped, was too warm, too cold, back and forth. Maine Maple Sunday was a bust the local guy here had to cancel. Then the weather came right for awhile and it ran....
by Island Shepherd
Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Fat ewes!
Replies: 13
Views: 1985

Re: Fat ewes!

Alders here are not terribly tall probably 10'-12' they are just a fast growing bush type thing, but good for biscuit wood when cut stove length and dried. As the snow got deeper and the bottom fence went out of sight I added another, then another, and then a third. It was more of a suggestion than ...

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