Loving the herd life
- Oct 31, 2021
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- Northland, New Zealand
All the lambs have very short tails with the vulva exposed, so I am blaming bad docking. None of the tailed adults are having trouble with dags.I would guess... since you know they weren't managed very well, and since they were overgrazing... that it is a heavy parasite load.
Have you gotten a fecal done? So you know what kind of worms they might have?
But, worms would be my first guess.
Blows my mind about the fly strike. Of course, I now live in the frozen wasteland... so not a big issue up here (but it can be... just depends on conditions). Back in Texas you could get all sorts of nasty things.
She's seemed a bit brighter this afternoon, but is still not too keen on flocking and is sticking to the fringes.
As mentioned, she's been given matrix drench, which is a vitamin\mineral boost plus dewormer. I've just been going by famacha and attitude for deworming. Not everyone is anemic. We have a good microscope here, fecalizer, slides and sodium nitrate, but I haven't taken the plunge to doing my own floats just yet. Really should do though.
We are hot and humid with high uv here in nz - and high winds being on a ridgetop, with more rain or pockets of humidity than surrounding areas, it seems. All their shelter is pretty meh. Shade sails and tree canopy. There aren't any areas for them to get off the damp ground... yet. I want to make some covered cement platforms so they have the option and get a little stable going. - all on my todo list.
Her feet were fairly overgrown for being such a tiny bubs, but her mom is the more feral of the girls that'll go right to the native bush at the first sign of trouble, so maybe the terrain's been a bit much on her. - They're all up by the house at the moment and frequenting the driveway though, so can't get to the bush block for the time being. Lotsa grass up here for them to chew through.
Gave her a good trim and shaved down her hooves a bit. Looks better, but I still feel I'm being a bit conservative with how much I take away when I trim.
The main pasture definitely got a bit low, but there was always bright grass down in the bush block available to them. When I sold the four 4 tooths, the buyer said they were in great condition, which was reassuring. Hopefully, now that they have tall grass to browse on a different pasture, it'll help with the worm load. I really wanna get ahold of some bioworma to use as a preventative, but seems quite scarce at the moment and I've not been able to find a vendor with stock.