Post by milkmachine on Dec 7, 2019 14:58:41 GMT -5
We just brought home some ewes on Wednesday. I noticed today in the yard a pile of stool with a kind of mucus plug. The sheep were all bred a little over a month ago. I don't know what this is. It has some normal looking stool in a big glob of mucus. I saw it today but it was partially frozen so maybe it is from yesterday. I'm worried & wondering if it could be a sign that perhaps due to stress one ewe lost her pregnancy? Or could it be something else?
Another question/concern of mine is I have a mature, solo barn cat. I don't think the farm I purchased the sheep from had cats. Do I need to be very worried about toxoplasmosis? The cat does sleep in the hay but I've never seen her feces there. She really does a great job with the mice so I'd like to keep her there but am I risking it? Thanks!
Re the toxo, the lowest risk toxo carrier for livestock is a mature desexed tame cat. Toxo sheds more when a cat is under stress and an undesexed cat, a feral cat, or cats trying to re-establish a territory or pecking order all shed more toxo than a cat happily at home in their element. Given that nature abhors a vacuum, if you move your relaxed cat on you risk getting a wilder, more stressed cat in her place.
Sheep will generally get toxo and then be immune. Sheep that have not been exposed before or sheep with temporarily set-back immune systems may lose pregnancies when exposed. Given that you have the exposure already you might have to ride with any breeding issues in the first year (and you may not actually have any) knowing that those ewes should be right from now on and ewe lambs born there should be exposed and immune well before breeding in future.
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.
Since it’s around the poop I’m thinking it came from the digestive tract more then a vaginal discharge. I have not seen that exact one yet, but I have had sheep with lots of mucous around the poop in the spring before shearing which is when they get dewormed. Not sure if it’s from parasites or from something else.
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.
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