Items to have on hand?

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thornhill
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Items to have on hand?

Postby thornhill » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:23 am

A while back there was a discussion on the WSDL about items that people liked to have on hand for their sheep (ie commonly used meds, first aid stuff, tools etc). I searched for that string but couldn't find it. Mind if I ask the question again? Friend of mine has recently aquired a small flock and is keeping one ewe for me so I wanted to make up a box of "essentials" for us to have on hand. Any suggestions are appreciated!

Thanks,
Jennifer

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Postby thornhill » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:27 am

Also, if you have a favorite store or online source for supplies, love to hear about that too.

Jennifer

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Postby MissTwist » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:56 pm

Jennifer,
I am not an expert by any means, but this is what I have on hand (the things I have had occasion to use more than once):
LA-200
Pen-G
Fortified B Complex
Wound-Kote or Blue-Kote
Screw worm spray
Nitrofurazone
Koppertox
Hoof N' Heal
Foot rot shears (a misnomer really--just need to have some hoof shears on hand)
Nutri-drench
RedGlo (a horse product I got when I had anemic sheep--has no copper and comes in gallon size, which is why I still have it--it's just vitamins and minerals in a palatable base for drenching)
Needles and syringes of various sizes (3, 6, & 12 cc syringes; 22, 20, & 18 ga needles--3/4-1" length)
Latex gloves
Feeding tube and syringe (for newborns needing tubing)
Feeding syringe (for dosing liquid meds including wormer--if I had a huge flock, I'd invest in a drench gun)
halter/lead combo
hand shears (for emergency shearing/clean up)
Iodine
Blood stop powder (with fly repellent included)
I know some folks keep needles and suture on hand, but I don't have any (which I'll no doubt regret when I need it)
Means of applying ID to individual sheep (either ear tagger or tattoo kit--I have both)
Wormer of choice
Free choice minerals and white salt block

During lambing season, in addition to feeding tube, I keep milk replacer, Pritchard teats, small sweaters, lamb slings (for carrying lambs at ewe face level), and heat lamps on hand. Oh, and an elastrator and rubber bands for castrating and docking.

I keep Covexin-8 for vaccinating.


That's all I can think of right now. I'm sure others will have plenty more to add.

J.
Julie Poudrier
Oxford, NC
Tunis and mule sheep

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Postby thornhill » Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:27 pm

Thanks Julie! Thats the kinda thing I'm looking for! I was wondering if the liquid sutures are ever useful?

Jennifer

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Postby Bill Fosher » Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:41 pm

These items are on my truck at all times when I'm doing rounds:

Gear:
Felco 51 foot shears
Drummer Boy No. 10 hand shears from Burgeon and Ball
Leg cleek
12 cc disposable sterile syringes
6 cc disposable sterile syringes
3/4 inch 18 guage needles
3/4 inch 16 guage needles
Lineman's pliers
Sharp knife (utility knife or razor sharp, strong pocket knife)
Digital fence voltage meter
Six foot length of clothesline
Gambrel restrainer
two or three different color wax markers
one or two different color spray paint markers
digital rectal thermometer
baler twine
duct tape
WD-40
Notebook with differential diagnosis guides, treatment protocols
Notepad for making notes, keeping records
Cell phone (with voice record for when I forget my note pad or am too lazy to go back to the truck to get it)
Scissors

Meds/supplies
Hand sanitizer
Injectible thiamine (500 mg/ml)
Oxytetracycline (200 mg/ml)
Banamine
Maalox
Hoof and Heel (Dr. Naylor's Zinc Sulfate foot treatment. I add a little wallpaper paste to make it into a loose gel.)
Pennicillin G procaine (in a cooler with ice packs, brought in every day and stored in the fridge)
Dexamethasone

During lambing time, I also carry:
Gear:
plastic quart measuring cup
140 cc syringe
Lamb stomach feeding tubes
sterile 60 cc syringes
Thermos of hot water
Towels
Meds and supplies:
Strong tincture of iodine
Lubricant
Oxytocin
Sterile 50 percent Dextrose solution
Sterile calcium solution

Kept at home, but essential
Automatic drench gun, 20-cc, with backpack reservoir and at least enough wormer for the next scheduled treatment
Single shot .22 rifle and ammo
Broken leg kit, including:
Cotton batting
Plaster impregnated guaze (you can get it from a crafts supply store)
Sticks for splinting

Edited to add -- Julie's added a couple of things that I also have or realize I should. Particularly the screw worm spray!
Bill Fosher
Westmoreland, NH

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Postby desheep59 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:10 pm

This was great! Thanks for asking for it Jennifer!

I do have a question though - well two. What is a 'leg cleek'? And what (all) do you use the WD-40 for?

Thanks much!!
Denise
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Postby Bill Fosher » Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:26 am

Duct tape, baling twine, and WD-40 are the farmer's tool kit.

If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape or baling twine.

If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.
Bill Fosher

Westmoreland, NH

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Postby thornhill » Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:49 am

Bill Fosher wrote:Duct tape, baling twine, and WD-40 are the farmer's tool kit.
If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape or baling twine.
If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.


Oh yeah, heck, even when I'm not living on the farm, I ALWAYS have those items.

Thanks again Bill and Julie (and you're welcome Denise!). I'll be off to the store this afternoon to stock up!

BTW Bill, think WD-40 would work on my sticky dog?? :?

Jennifer

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Postby irenafarm » Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:29 pm

We learned a new one last summer. long cable ties. They are the bomb for doing those quick repairs that sometimes baling twine is just too awkward for (though of course it always does in a pinch).

I got teased at the last stockdog clinic I went to, because my boot was laced with bright orange baling twine. They demanded to know whether I was Scottish. Well, yeah, and what of it?

I've learned to love that Stockholm tar salve that Premier sells. It's messy to use but it's never let me down. For wound care I have a new favorite product for critters of all descriptions - "Cut-Heal". It has tea tree oil in it, which encourages the guard dogs to leave it alone because that stuff tastes nasty!
Becca Shouse
Irena Farm
Semora, North Carolina


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