1gallon whole milk from grocery store.So you start with colostrum for few days and then go to formula? What kind of formula?
Thanks Bay, just having a snack of dried fuyu persimmons as I read this.Day is dawning, I’m going to hook up the flatbed trailer this morning and go get a half dozen 16’ hog panels. I’m going to get my sheep working equipment set up so I can run the sheep through, trim feet, give yearly shots, take fecal samples to check for worms under the microscope. Putting samples under the microscope is time consuming and I will only do 4-8 at a time.
A ram lamb went to his new home yesterday. I had checked him twice for worms and was satisfied that he was clean. His new owner was impressed and pleased with that. I will not let breeding stock leave here without a parasite exam. On 2 separate occasions I’ve bought and paid a price for registered ewes, only to have them die in a few weeks because of a huge worm load. Even the vet couldn’t save them. I’ve been burned by so called breeders and I absolutely will not do that to anybody else. When an animal is so over loaded with worms, even the worming itself can sicken or kill them. Worms release toxins when they die, which places one in a lose-lose situation. They will die if you worm them, they’ll die if you don’t. But I gotta try.
I’m breeding for worm resistant sheep and doing well with it. Worms spike when a sheep is stressed from moving it. Ewes are stressed when giving birth and when their lambs are weaned. I have 2 ewes whose worm count shoots to the moon, what I call “Why aren’t you dead?” But they both produce high quality lambs, bred to Ringo, 10 year old registered ram that has never been wormed. So I keep them, because of what they produce.
And that is your parasite worm lesson for today!
Ummm you going to do that surgery yourself? Yikes!!!1gallon whole milk from grocery store.
1 cup cultured buttermilk
1 can evaporated milk
Pour 3 cups milk out of gallon, reserve
Add the buttermilk and evaporated milk to the gallon, top off with reserved milk. Shake to mix it up.
The lamb has gone to her new home. I think I’ll castrate the white ram lamb in a week or so, wean at 2 months and give him to the neighbors as a companion to the ewe.
No it is not genetic. It is usually caused by a deficiency of some sort, usually selenium. I’ve given her selenium for part of her treatment. It can also be caused by crowding in the womb. I’m leaning towards selenium deficiency. I’m providing a mineral mix with selenium, but maybe it’s not enough. I’ll take soil samples and see what’s lacking.So bent legs is a physical thing and not genetic?