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magnusfide

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Posted: 03/24/19 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Atta girl Wendy. 111? Does that beat last year?


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Posted: 03/24/19 11:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the number this year is a little more than last year; both were a bit over 100.

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Posted: 03/24/19 06:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the number this year is a little more than last year; both were a bit over 100

Just a curiosity thing but you estimated about 75 and you are considerably over that. I'm assuming (and you now what happens when we assume!) that there's a lot of unknowns like stillbirths, multiple births and how many breedings actually took. You must be thrilled, though, to have that many healthy little ones, although it must be a bit overwhelming!


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Posted: 03/24/19 08:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m thrilled every ewe we put out with the rams got bred; we have 3 rams and for 2 of them this was their first year. I’m thrilled we’ve only had 3 lambs die.

My guess of 75 was based upon thinking we had more first time mothers than we realy had this year. The shepherdess set me straight.

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Posted: 03/25/19 06:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The shepherdess set me straight.

LOL! Sometimes they know more than we do!

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What do you do with the bad moms? Do you keep them hoping that you have given them lasting lessons on how to be a mom? Or do say sorry, I have to send you ........


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Posted: 03/26/19 06:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had several moms reject one of their lambs this year. Frequently there is a reason we can identify for why they reject one like:
The first lamb born wonders away while mom is delivering others interrupting the bonding process. Mom and some of her lambs move away from one that is sleeping hard separating it from mom interrupting the bonding process. You get the idea. These moms typically accept the rejected lamb after a day or two in a pen with us holding her while the rejected lamb nurses. When we can identify a cause for the rejection and better still the mom eventually accepts the rejected lamb; these moms do not get a strike against them.

The two bad moms in pens right now were never separated from the lamb they are rejecting and they continue to reject the lamb after several days in the pen. They continue to head butt the lambs; sometimes slamming the lamb against the sides of the pen (ewes push away lambs that are not theirs in order to save their milk for their one lambs). We had to use a head halter in order to hold these ewes so their lamb could nurse. Both had to be chained to the wall initially because we couldn’t hold them still by hanging onto the halter. These moms will leave our flock later this year.

* This post was edited 03/26/19 06:08am by BCSnob *

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