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BCSnob

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Posted: 02/16/22 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just before I left for work I took a look in the barnyard and saw this set of twins. Video

My wife and our friend will take care of these and any other new lambs.

So far today we’ve had 5 sets of twins and 2 sets of triplets

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Posted: 02/18/22 06:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had 4 sets of twins and a single yesterday. We’re a little over 1/2 way (33 ewes delivered out of 62 bred) and have 60 live lambs.

We’ve had a few lambs stillborn and 2 die a day or 2 later. We had a lamb born yesterday that’s not right (appears to be a neurological issue, it was euthanized). Our friend is starting to think our flock may be affected by Cache Valley Fever; this is new for her. She is sending a blood sample from the euthanized lamb to Cornell. In 2020 there were the first reports of this in MD flocks. Most of our lamb deaths would fit this. The lamb with the broken back may have been a birth defect and not an injury.

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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 02/18/22 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's heartbreaking news.... our local zoo just closed the bird exhibit due to Avian Flu. I've never been so aware (in the last couple of years) of how viruses torment us.....

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Posted: 02/22/22 06:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As of 8:30am on 22 Feb 2022 we have 81 live lambs from 44 ewes.

We had one more lamb die; this one was from malnutrition due to an mother not taking care of her lambs. We didn’t notice this one (amongst the 70+ lambs). We put the ewe and the sibling in a pen; the sibling is well fed but not by its mother (she was barely letting it nurse). The sibling must have been stealing milk where it could. We’ll keep this ewe and lamb up until we know she is letting it nurse or until we find a foster mother. This ewe will be culled.

We have 18 bred ewes left to lamb. We’re running at a 184% lambing rate; higher than previous years. We’re also getting more triplets than typical. We had good rain last fall which gave us lots of grass; the rich nutrition for the ewes before breeding likely increased their productivity.

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Posted: 03/07/22 06:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We may be at the end of lambing; we didn’t record the date we pulled the rams off the ewes so were not 100% certain on the last date they could deliver. There are a few more ewes that have not delivered; however, Cache Valley Fever can cause abortions. We are still waiting to hear from Cornell on the samples we sent in for testing.

As if this morning we have 100 live lambs from 55 ewes.

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Towards the end of the time our friend was here helping with lambing we had a ewe that needed both lambs pulled. They were not coming out on their own; they were already dead and badly deformed (which is why the ewe couldn't deliver them). While this ewe was recovering another delivered two very large lambs. The ewe was thinking about rejecting the largest lamb. Instead of forcing the mother to nurse both we gave the largest to the ewe that had the defective twins; either way we were going to halter a ewe and hold it to allow the lamb to nurse. I can report that the foster mom and lamb are very tightly bonded and both are doing well. Having a lamb to nurse will help prevent the ewe from getting mastitis.

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Posted: 03/07/22 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Family Portrait
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What the cool "kids" are doing these days
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Just chillin
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Snug as a bug in a rug
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I don’t want my ear pierced
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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 03/07/22 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The family pictures are so cute - I'll be showing them to my grandkids!

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Posted: 03/12/22 06:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Friday was sunny and mid 60s. Saturday morning is very different.

Video of Saturday Morning Feeding Time

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Posted: 03/21/22 07:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We finished with 102 lambs. There were 6 ewes that either did not get pregnant or Cache Valley Virus caused them to abort. Since several of these 6 lambed last year I tend to blame the virus.

On a sad note, Sam (our Maremma Sheepdog) is no longer with us. This winter he wasn’t keeping weight on even though he was eating and we dewormed him. Our friend who is a vet gave him a physical while she was with us helping with lambing and found nothing wrong except old age. Sam came to us as a 6 month old pup and protected our flock for 13 years. The barn cats had become his companions while he slept. Here he is with one of our barn cats, GW, about a month ago.

Sam at 13 with GW

Here he is with Wendy in 2017 shortly after Wendy came to us.

Sam & Wendy

He stayed mentally alert and physically active, just slow, until he was no longer able to stand.


Mark & Renee
Working Border Collies: Nell (retired), Tally (retired), Grant (semi retired), Lee, Fern & Hattie
Wendy the Kangal (at home guarding our flock)
2001 Chevy Express 2500 Cargo (rolling kennel)
2007 Nash 22M

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