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BCSnob

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Posted: 02/03/22 11:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Will leave work early today to help bury the ewe.

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So sorry.

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It appears we get another opportunity to treat this. Another ewe is down. This time we’ll treat more aggressively for lactic acidosis with also fits the symptoms and circumstances. The odor the dead ewe had closely fits acidosis.

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Were you able to save lambs?


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Posted: 02/04/22 04:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The ewe’s utter had no development towards mil production which means if she had any lambs in her they would have been too underdeveloped to survive.

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3 more ewes died from acidosis which also caused bloat; these were caused by a rookie mistake in how fast we upped the grain rations. This morning we finally have good news; a set of twins.

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BCSnob wrote:

3 more ewes died from acidosis which also caused bloat; these were caused by a rookie mistake in how fast we upped the grain rations. This morning we finally have good news; a set of twins.


Yikes, and Yay!! (And I thought horses were the only animal you could kill with feed/bedding/water, etc)

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Another set of twins

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Here is the first set of twins
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This is one from the second set of twins
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1 set of twins born Feb 7.

After the lambs are born we move the family to a pen in the barn. They stay there long enough for us to do several things.

1. Record the lambs: color & Tag# of ewe, gender of lambs, color and tag# of lambs, brief description of the lambs
2. Put ear tags in the lambs: color based upon ram that bred the ewe, ear based upon gender of lamb (right = ewe, left = ram)
3. Dose the ewe with oral dewormer (ivermectin)
4. Give booster vaccination to the ewe (subq CD&T where T = tetanus)
5. Trim the hooves of the ewe
6. Ensure the ewe is allowing both lambs to nurse and that the lambs are strong

My wife does most of the items above, I am responsible for flipping the ~150lb ewe onto her butt in the pen (without stepping on or dropping the ewe on her lambs), hold her firmly enough to prevent her from flailing her legs, and then trim her hooves.

Once all of these are done, the family is turned out into the field with the rest of the flock.

3 ewes done, 59 ewes to go. The previous 3 years we've averaged a 175% lambing percentage (lambs that survived to the end of lambing/bred ewes); this predicts 108 lambs this year.

* This post was edited 02/08/22 06:24am by BCSnob *

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