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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    Chicks! I am 90% certain that my mystery surprise chick is a white polish, the little top knot has become more pronounced. Dotty keeps getting bigger, Heart is still getting treated to her side protein and I’ve also been giving some to bellwether. For some reason it won’t let me post a picture...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    So updates for around here. @Ridgetop Heart is so named because she is a sweet heart and I’ve been able to pull her aside every day and give her some extra protein feed out of a bucket to help her start putting the weight back on and everyone is getting wormed in a few days, I’m still waiting...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    The hiatus is over and Bella can get back to training! And she loves it! With her wool all gone it’s easier to see Hearts condition and it would appear the twins are taking a lot out of her so I’ve started to give her a little something on the side to help her start regaining her condition for...
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    Premier 4000S shears: A review

    So here is my honest review for the Premier 4000S shears. They arrived promptly and they looked decent. I purchased the complete set with their spitfire blade and spirit comb. I also purchased a ceramic blade and their Apache comb as if read on their site that they were a little better for...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    I finally got to test my new shears and I’ll put my review elsewhere. But it was quite the experience. It started off a little frustrating I have Bellwether in the small pen where I needed to put the rest of my sheep so that we could get to shearing. And of course I made the gates so that...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    So updates....The premier shears came, but I haven’t really had a lot of time to test them out, we’re hoping tomorrow will be a good time. I found out the bottle lamb skunk didn’t make it. He just wouldn’t drink, it would take forever for him to finish a bottle because he just wasn’t...
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    Coughing pig

    Glad to hear she improved. Again with that location for a shot in the rear, it is at the bottom, the ham is a desired cut and you don’t want it all tough from scar tissue. The injection site is right under that. But here’s the case for The neck. Imagine a 6-8 inch triangle with one point...
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    Raising show pigs for meat

    I would say that yes breed does play a factor in taste, but it’s only one part. If I were to take a straight Yorkshire hog and a straight hampshire hog fed the exact same feed in the same amounts for the same amount of time and compare the hanging carcass side by side there would be a...
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    Feral pig + first time owner

    Generally they clip the needle teeth when they process the piglets in the first couple of days. Commercially we really don’t do it anymore. At 3-4 weeks they’re still small enough you can nip them off with a set of dykes. She’ll scream bloody murder but she’s a pig, that’s what they do. Once...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    I purchased the 4000S with metal blades and I bought a separate ceramic blade and 13 tooth comb to try as well. I’ll definitely post about it. Skunk started looking bad again yesterday, and was pretty lethargic today so he got a bottle and seemed to look better. He’ll just have to go to a...
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    Coughing pig

    Apart from the dry cough how Is her breathing? When she exhales is it normal but then at the very end does her side kind of “thump” like she’s trying to push the last little bit of air out of her lungs? That’s indicative of a lung issue like pneumonia. Is she lethargic? What’s her...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    So far we are still producing as normal. Finisher pigs from this area go to California, and more wean to finish barns have recently been built which gives us some breathing room. If California closes down, then I’ll be hurting but for now it is business as usual. So knock on wood, cross your...
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    NEW SHEEP-YARDS....

    Aussies will work depending on their pedigree. I’ve got a friend who breeds ASCA registered Aussies. The ASCA differs greatly from AKC registered as its not about looks, ASCA wants dogs that will work. There’s a breed specific to California called the McNab. A lot like a border but a little...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    She does stand and feed him. And he has the energy to stand and feed himself which is good. I just can’t be near to check, if she sees me she panics and won’t hold still. She’s a range ewe through and through. She doesn’t have any desire to be friendly and so we’ll accept that fact. And she...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    So the little lamb looks a lot better today. He still makes me super nervous but I get that way with any little guys that struggle. My wife calls him skunk. I am glad I’ve kept the small pen, it started as a training tool for Bella to learn to give some space and it’s worked great for...
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