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    To Buy or Not to Buy - A Livestock Guardian Dog

    To Buy or Not to Buy – a Livestock Guardian Dog This thread is meant for potential first-time livestock guardian dog owners, who have heard about LGDs and want more information. It is meant as a tool to help them decide on the need for LGDs, and their drawbacks. There are many stories out there...
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    Electric portable fencing for sheep - Looking for comments on Gallagher Smartfence and solar chargers

    Has anyone had any experience in using the Gallagher SmartFence on steep, hard, rocky terrain? My ground is very steep. It consists of heavy clay and shale which dries to the hardness of brick in the summer. I would put the fence up after the rains when the ground would be softer, but DH and...
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    Vaccinate for Abscesses or not?

    When we had dairy goats and Boers, an abscess was cause for a panic attack and instant removal from the herd. Then the goat was sent immediately to the local auction. However, with woolly sheep needing shearing we started to see abscesses from shearing nicks and stickers that worked into the...
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    Buying Registered Sheep at Auction

    Buying Registered Sheep Ridgetop/BYH November 2019th Special thanks to Beekissed for the instructions on how to do a posting! I posted this on another thread originally, but was recommended to post this information on it's own thread in the hopes that it might be of use to those of us looking...
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    Armenian Gamprs

    Has anyone had any experience with this breed. They seem to be a new breed advertised as LGDs, but I have heard they have vicious temperaments and are unpredictable. My friend's daughter is with Animal Control and said she is starting to run into this breed. She has nearly been bitten several...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Ok, I am starting a journal - a little late since I have been enjoying this site for several years and posting on it too. We have had livestock for 30 years now but never had any time till the past couple years due to kids, livestock, gardens, canning, 4-H, work, volunteer, etc. This sounds...
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    Household supplies for Emergencies and First Aid Kit

    Here are some of the hints that came out: The mastitis tube trick for treating puncture wounds is one I got from Erick Conard who uses it in his Anatolians when they have a serious disagreement. Here is another one from my old vet, RIP. About 5 years ago my 30 year old mare fell down a gully...
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    Having to get 3rd LGD for my puny 5 acres!

    Ok so we had been doing fine with our first Anatolian, Harika. We have had Pyrs for years, but last one died of cancer and we started having coyotes take sheep during the day. We got Harika at 18 months old and we were assured that she would be all we needed for our 5 acres and small flock of...
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    Cruels and Boil Pest in sheep

    Has anyone else heard of this abcesss disease? It is NOT CL, and I read that is it more prevalent in Icelandics (?) Anyway, the abcesses are usually on the face (not in the lymph nodes like CL). They grow and when the hair falls out in the center they are ready to lance. The spot where the...
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    Raising a bummer lamb

    I have returned from my aunt's place in Yelm, WA. Only 2 acres but all lush green grass, 1 large 100 year old barn, 1 partially open huge pole barn (with usable loft space), several old outbuildings, I m jealous of the barns and green grass. Sadly the city is creeping up around her place, but...
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