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BCSnob

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Posted: 01/07/22 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is our checklist to be completed by early February

Purchase hay square bales for lambing jugs: done
Purchase heat lamp bulbs: done
Repair tilt table: done
Purchase & install rolling stop gate: done
Check and restock lambing supplies: done
Clean and rebed lambing jugs: not done
Give ewes CD&T booster: not done
Purchase grain to feed pregnant ewes: not done

Lambing jug: small pen in our barn to keep ewe with her lambs together but separated from the others just before or just after delivery to ensure good bonding of ewe and lambs, lambs are healthy and well fed, ear tagging of lambs and recording information, and deworming of the ewe. Once all has been completed and the lambs look strong the family is turned loose into the field with the rest of the flock. If one or more of the lambs look weak we might place a heat lamp in the lambing jug to help keep the lambs warm while they are weak. We have 7 permanent lambing jugs, can make use of 3 more locations, and can put up a few more portable pens.

Lambing supplies: USDA Scrapies ear tags, syringes, needles, dewormer, powdered milk, bottles & nipples, tube feeder, injectable antibiotics, lamb puller, nutrient rich liquid, injectable calcium and vitamins, and ewe halter.

The Tilt Table is used to squeeze/confine and flip sheep on their side for checking feet; it saves my back. A rolling stop gate in a sliding gate placed along a cute where the sheep pass single file; the gate will allow use to load the cute with 5-10 sheep, stop them in the cute, and then vaccinate the group before letting them out and reloading.

CD&T Vaccine is for Clostridium perfringens type C and D (overeating disease) and Clostridium tetani (tetanus). Mothers should be vaccinated prior to delivery to increase antibodies going to lambs in utero and in their milk. We haven't had issues with the first two bacteria but tetanus is endemic on our farm.

We are delaying when we start feeding grain because our sheep are "well fed" just on grass and last year we had a few gain too much weight contributing to prolapse (look up sheep prolapse images).


I'll probably rebed the lambing jugs just before the start of lambing.

We’re expecting at least 100 lambs

* This post was edited 01/07/22 12:58pm by BCSnob *

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Posted: 01/07/22 01:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good luck and praying you have a successful lambing season with few problems.

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Posted: 01/07/22 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Best of luck! Looking forward to pictures.


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Posted: 01/07/22 03:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would 100 lambs be a record for you?


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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 01/07/22 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wow..... hope it's an easy and healthy season for all involved!!

BCSnob

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Posted: 01/07/22 07:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We’ve been having about 100 lambs for the last few years from 60-70 bred ewes. For Maryland we have a mid to large flock; for the USA we have a small flock.

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Posted: 01/08/22 07:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those who have not been here a while may be asking “so what does this have to do with RVing?” (It has been asked in the past) About as much as NASCAR has to do with RVing. Some use their RVs to go to events. Some events relate to animals: dog shows, 4H & State Fairs, agility competitions, equestrian events, etc. Our event is sheep herding competitions with our border collies. It would be difficult to compete at sheep herding competitions with having sheep at home to train the dogs. One aspect of keeping sheep is breeding them and having lambs.

* This post was edited 01/08/22 10:23am by BCSnob *


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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 01/09/22 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will add that Mark's valuable insight into all things "canine" has been a tremendous help to those with questions while RVing and far from their Vet :-)

BCSnob

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Posted: 01/22/22 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We might be going to plan b for vaccinations. We got snow, then rain, then freezing rain, and the the temps dropped below freezing. For the past 2 weekends there has been frozen slush and smooth ice in front of the barn where we vaccinate. It’s too dangerous to bring the sheep into that barn.

Plan b is vaccinating right after they deliver. It’s not the ideal method but since it’s a booster for the pregnant ewes it would boost the antibodies in their milk but after the lambs get the colostrum. Delay in boosting is safer than risking a fall and injury on ice for us, the dogs, or the pregnant ewes.

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Posted: 01/26/22 10:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Meanwhile, Sam and Wendy are enjoying the cold weather. We see them out playing with each other or laying out in the field (either on exposed grass or on the snow). Occasionally, we see them curled up on the hay the sheep have pulled out of the feeder and let fall on the ground (typically when it’s windy). They have the choice to go into the barn (that is where their feeders are); but they choose to be outside. I have seen them carefully walking across the ice.

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