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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    I started a journal years ago, but as I’ve taken a break from here for a while and have since made some major life changes, it seems appropriate to start a new one. I make no promises to update it frequently! 😜 Where are you? I grew up and spent most of my life in VT, but moved to central KY...
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    PQVT Calving Thread

    Calving is just around the corner here! We have 3 girls expecting babies this spring. 1st up is Fern. She's a Jersey that we purchased from a dairy a few years ago. This will be her 4th calf (3rd for us). She's a sweet girl that enjoys butt scratches a little too much. Her "due date" is 3/17...
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    Sheep Seen in Scotland....

    I visited a friend who is going to vet school in Scotland last June. I had a great time, saw lots of castles, and even ate some Haggis (and liked it too!). The Royal Highland Show started a couple days before I had to leave so of course we had to go. There were lots of animals, but I think there...
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    On a Knitting Kick.....

    I've been on a knitting kick of late (must be the cold weather). I discovered Craftsy a few months ago (DANGEROUS site!!). They have supplies and patterns for many different crafts. So many pretty yarns.... I just finished, except for weaving in the ends and blocking, a cowl. My next project...
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    purplequeenvt - Lambs 2017

    This is our 2nd year breeding a few ewes for fall lambs. I don't remember off the top of my head how many we bred last year, but this year we exposed 10 and 6 settled. It's a little tricky since our breeds don't usually breed out of season. We used CIDRs and PG600 to get them cycling. Last year...
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    Shearing

    This is how we shear around here. ;) Not really, but this is a "special" sheep that enjoyed every second of her clip. She was not restrained in any way and she even lay down in my lap at one point.
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    The Resilience of Sheep

    This is Marimba. She was mauled by a dog, who ate most of her shoulder blade as well as the surrounding muscle, on October 2nd 2015. Unfortunately, I was too concerned about getting her patched up to take a picture of the injury before taking her to the vet. I only have pictures of it after...
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    We've Been Keeping a Secret Over Here....

    My LGD Mira had her litter of puppies last night. A whole Baker's Dozen of them! They just kept coming and coming and coming. Dad is my other Pyr, Murphy. Mom, Mira There are 8 boys and 5 girls.
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    How much hay to feed

    We've been feeding round bales all winter and the cattle have 24/7 access to the hay. We are getting low on hay and our supplier doesn't have more round bales. We found a guy nearby who has 45-50lb square bales of really nice alfalfa mix hay that his sheep won't eat (our sheep love it!). He's...
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    Advice Needed - Calf Down

    A little background. This calf is full Jersey and was born in March. He was raised on his dam and was not castrated because he was suppose to be sold as veal in September. That didn't end up happening for several reasons so we needed to castrate him so that it was safe to keep him around. He...
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    Putting Weight on a Jersey

    I have a 3 year old Jersey cow in milk (calved in March) that needs more condition. She was grassfed only during the summer and was doing well, but has dropped some weight this fall when the weather turned cold. She's currently getting 9lbs a day of a 16% dairy feed and I just added about 2lbs...
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    purplequeenvt Lambing 2016

    We bred 24 ewes this fall to 4 different rams. 4 ewes (3 registered Southdowns and 1 Border Leicester/Dorper/Friesian/Shetland) were bred to a friend's registered Southdown ram. The Southdowns have been with the ram since July/August and the crossbred ewe went to visit him on 9/3. 8 ewes (7...
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    So much CREAM!

    I have a 3 year old Jersey cow that has calved twice. I bought her last summer. She doesn't give a lot of milk, but that's ok since she's just a family cow. Last summer she was giving a decent amount of cream, but when she calved in March, she wasn't making much cream. We store our milk in 1/2...
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    VT - Registered Shetlands

    I have the following Shetlands for sale: EWES SFF Kitty 111 - yearling musket ewe. Friendly, halter-trained, nice fleece. I would keep her, but I need to keep my Shetland numbers low. $375 LanDavi Myrtle 108 - yearling moorit gulmoget. Friendly, halter-trained, nice fleece. She is nice, but...
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    purplequeenvt's 2014 Lambing Thread

    I wasn't sure if I was going to do a lambing thread this year, but I guess I will. First up are the rams.... Wilson is our old man. He only got one ewe, our old girl, Galadriel. We aren't sure that she is bred, but if not, that's ok. He's a registered Border Leicester. Elmer is also a...
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    Normal Labor and Delivery of a Lamb

    purplequeenvt submitted a new resource: Normal Labor and Delivery of a Lamb - A picture documentary of the birth of a lamb (normal presentation) Read more about this resource...
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    purplequeenvt's LGDs - lots of pictures!

    Mira - almost 11 months Murphy - 13 weeks old
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    VT - Border Leicester, Shetland, and Crossbred Sheep FOR SALE

    Located near Burlington, VT For Sale: 3 registered white Border Leicester 2013 ewe lambs. They are conformationally correct and have nice upright ears and good fleeces. $250 each. 2 Shetland 2013 ewe lambs. Both are black blettet (spots on the face and head) and are nicely put together. 1...
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    Feeding Bottle Baby

    I am going to be getting, sometime in the next few weeks, a newborn Alpine buckling. I've never bottle raised a goat kid before, only lambs. I keep hearing such differing opinions on what to feed kids. Some say milk replacer and some say whole milk from the store. What is the best choice in...
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    The Birth of a Lamb w/photos

    The Birth of a Lamb Signs of impending labor/early labor Udder fills and the vulva gets pink and swollen Raised tail Lots of stretching Sunken sides Labor When the ewe starts pushing, she will brace herself with her rear legs The first water bag is usually filled with light...
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