Well in more sheep drama, the two lambs I saved are fighting over the same side. They fed beautifully for the first day or so, obviously got enough colostrum. Then yesterday I noticed them fighting over the same side and the smaller girl was winning. Both were looking a little hollow, boy the worse, so I defrosted the ewe milk I had saved and gave them both a top up. This morning the girl looked full and the boy not, so he got a top up of formula, and again tonight. So the plan now will be to top him up with formula twice a day and let him feed off mum in between.
So all but one of my ewes are on the kull list and we will essentially start over. This makes me quite sad, these old girls were our house warming present, and were not maidens when they came, so they are not young. We have such trust with them now, that we have built up. I don't wana have to start over, but we just can't carry girls who can't raise lambs. This farming lark is not so fun some days
Save one or two to be aunties, those old girls can really steady a flock and provide a core for the new girls to build structure around. They can also be the bridge between you and the new girls.
Is the teat blocked or she dry on that side ? My best ewe lost a side to black mastitis, but her genetics were good enough (as was her personality) and she produced cracking lambs, so I was pleased to help out if she twinned.
Big Moo & Heidi (dexter cows), Belle (jersey cow) Little Moo (dexter steer), Jack (lowline steer), Ziggy (lowline x dexter steer), Flora (lowline cow), Jaffa (dexter x red angus cow), Sorcha (jersey x highland heifer), Anne (jersey heifer), Tug & MoonBoy, (angus x lowline steers), Heart, Panda, Oxboy & Freckles (jersey steers). About 30 sheep (dorper and awassi x white dorper), 3 cats (Sarge, Hoot & Jasmine), Finn& Poppy the Amazing Maremmas, 15 chooks.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
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