Ridin' The Range
- Feb 26, 2020
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Have you read "Natural Sheep Care" by Pat Colby?I can't wait for this lambing season to be finished! I have lost 11 lambs and two ewes!! The vet is unsure what is going on and feels it may be the ram that we used this year who has been on our farm but just used him this year. The ewes would go down in the hind quarters and just get gradually weaker. One delivered three dead lambs and then three days later died also. The same with the second ewe. After reading everything I was guessing pregnancy toxemia so with the second ewe I tried the glucose drench, the vitamin B12 and the CMPK but nothing worked for her. I then go out one morning and one of the other ewes delivered a set of twins with out and problem?!? Another ewe who is the oldest in the flock and was not supposed to be bred ended up delivering 4 dead smelly lambs??? She did need help due to two of them being breech. As if that hasn't been enough, I then have another ewe go down same symptoms as the first two. I called the vet again and this time decide just to due a c section. She did have two good size lambs but unfortunately, both of those died also. The good news is that the ewe who had the c section is doing good but then I had another ewe deliver triplets, two ram lambs and one ewe lamb. This ewe had no problems with delivery but the runt ram lamb did pass away. Now my problem is that the two remaining lambs just don't seem to be thriving? The ram lamb won't put any weight on his right rear quarter for the past two days and the ewe lamb is starting to do the same thing. My vet is out of town for a couple of days and I have already given them both V-B12....any other suggestions? I have one more ewe to deliver and pray every day that I will be going out to the barn and see her with some healthy lambs!! We have raised sheep for 16 years and have NEVER had problems like this...could it be the ram? I am really second guessing breeding any more sheep!
She suggests that most issues are nutrition-related. Baymule mentioned Dolomitic lime (a.k.a. Dolomite) which is the foundation of a mineral mix (lick) recipe Colby suggests.
At the risk of feedback (pease share), copper is important. I recently attended a lambing seminar at U of Ky
who use a Cu solution for a drench. If there is a vet school near you, maybe invite them to visit.
Soil gets poor if not maintained/balanced. Poor soil produces lower nutrient levels in pasture and forage crops, hay, etc. If soil health goe down, herd health will follow without supplementation.
Our prayers and tears for your difficult season. **Please don't give up!