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by Kathy Lewis
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: LambPlan and NSIP
Topic: Center of the Nation Sale catalog!
Replies: 14
Views: 2725

Re: Center of the Nation Sale catalog!

Kathy L - I think you're right. What has caused your changed opinion on the fat? So far for me, I just ignore the fat but I actually think ideally it would be useful to look at the amount of fat and project if the lambs are going to be acceptably finished at defined target market weight. Well, orig...
by Kathy Lewis
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: LambPlan and NSIP
Topic: Center of the Nation Sale catalog!
Replies: 14
Views: 2725

Re: Center of the Nation Sale catalog!

[quote="DonDrewry"]. For some breeds its pretty useful. I think Kathy Lewis uses it a great deal on her Dorsets. [quote] Don, I think you meant Kathy Soder. No Dorsets here....Paul and I raise W. Dorpers. We have used the SRC$ index for many years on LambPlan. We like everything about it e...
by Kathy Lewis
Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: LambPlan and NSIP
Topic: Aseasonal, wool EBV's & Linkage
Replies: 34
Views: 4428

Re: Aseasonal, wool EBV's & Linkage

I'm a bit confused here about what's considered "dual purpose". SRC$ index measures carcass and reproductive traits. As far as I know there is no wool component.
by Kathy Lewis
Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: use a turning table on pregnant ewes
Replies: 5
Views: 1345

Re: use a turning table on pregnant ewes

Our turntables turn the sheep completely over after squeezing them. The main caution I would have is to make sure the ewes aren't full of feed, particularly alfalfa. Holding sheep upside down, on their tail, on their side or squeezed with a full gut is uncomfortable, stressful and causes them to fig...
by Kathy Lewis
Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: lamb with swollen ears
Replies: 7
Views: 1927

Re: lamb with swollen ears

Have three day old lamb with both ears swollen, about twice as thick. Have been normal up to today, brought indoors from barn. To hot from heat lamp? Or? The ears probably got frozen....hopefully just the tips. If so they may crack and leak serum (or not) and lose tissue before healing. We've had s...
by Kathy Lewis
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: Sudden death in day old lamb
Replies: 10
Views: 3011

Re: Sudden death in day old lamb

I lost a lamb last night and I am having difficulty pinning down the cause. The lamb was just over a day old. It was up nursing and then an hour later it was flat out on its side dead. It had been nursing and did have a full stomach so I ruled out starvation. No symptoms of fever or scours. I could...
by Kathy Lewis
Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?
Replies: 18
Views: 5658

Re: Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?

The LED bulb search has been interesting....just goes to show a person shouldn't make judgments based on first impressions. For the barn stalls I think we'll end up using 75w equivalent, soft white, floods (940 lumens). We'll try one when we get the sockets up and see how it goes. Maybe they'll have...
by Kathy Lewis
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?
Replies: 18
Views: 5658

Re: Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?

Great. This was just the info we needed. The panel has a charge limiter attached and we ordered an inverter today. We also picked up a LED bulb to try... G.E. outdoor floodlight, 90w equivalent (18w) dimmable, Daylight. We put it in a porch light at the house and it's very bright, a bit bluish but d...
by Kathy Lewis
Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?
Replies: 18
Views: 5658

Re: Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?

Thanks for the suggestions. I agree that 12v looks like the way to go. As far LED, I hate the weird colors but I guess they're improving. This panel reliably ran a Stafix 12B controller with one battery but I don't know how this would equate to lighting since the Stafix is a short pulse. Also with c...
by Kathy Lewis
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?
Replies: 18
Views: 5658

Solar Panel for Barn Lighting?

We have a hay barn that is too far from power lines to ever have power. This is a big barn, close to corrals and pastures with four 16' x 20' stalls and a tack room down one side, not needed for hay storage. We have used it for cold weather lambing before but it would be nice to have a few lights wi...
by Kathy Lewis
Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Need another hay feeder....
Replies: 19
Views: 6536

Re: Need another hay feeder....

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by Kathy Lewis
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Guardian animals
Topic: guardian dogs who made the grade...
Replies: 31
Views: 8453

Re: guardian dogs who made the grade...

Going back to the original post, one thing that hasn't been discussed is genetic structural defects. Of the last ten or so LGDs, we've had three break down in the hocks/hips, all from the same bloodlines. Other dogs we have in the same working environment have not had any problems. It's pretty dish...
by Kathy Lewis
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Guardian animals
Topic: guardian dogs who made the grade...
Replies: 31
Views: 8453

Re: guardian dogs who made the grade...

[quote="Brian Dietrich"]Thanks for mentioning that, Kathy. One of the things included in my "healthy" criterion is hip x-rays, but I haven't had hock problems. At what age did you first notice a problem? Is it something that you think could be detected early on with x-rays? Brian...
by Kathy Lewis
Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Guardian animals
Topic: guardian dogs who made the grade...
Replies: 31
Views: 8453

Re: guardian dogs who made the grade...

Going back to the original post, one thing that hasn't been discussed is genetic structural defects. Of the last ten or so LGDs, we've had three break down in the hocks/hips, all from the same bloodlines. Other dogs we have in the same working environment have not had any problems. It's pretty dishe...
by Kathy Lewis
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: Breeding and lambing
Topic: import semen agreement
Replies: 21
Views: 4104

Re: import semen agreement

Just some random thoughts and questions on LAI or VAI..... When frozen semen is used loss of effective motility seems to be the issue. Direct implanting by LAI bypasses this journey. Whether the problem is the extender, the freezing/thawing procedure or some other factor has recent research been don...

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