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  1. ladycrofter

    Sick ewes

    Yes if they are being fed on the ground, it lives in the soil. I lost a lamb once, feeding them in the same place for a week or two. Always used troughs after that.
  2. ladycrofter

    Sick ewes

    Cal/mag doesn't cause kicking when lying down, they tremble and then die. It's listeria :( Just found this: Typical signs of listeriosis are initially inappetence and depression, followed by circling to one side (Gill, 1937). With unilateral facial paralysis and excessive salivation on the side...
  3. ladycrofter

    Sick ewes

    Not a fan of blood testing, every sheep is an individual. What comes across as an average flock deficiency won't help the ones that are having serious problems. I would do everything suggested here - get tubs and salt licks out, a good dose of mineral drench, and more feed. Also good hay for a...
  4. ladycrofter

    Spear thistles in new ley

    Spear thistle seed is partly light-activated so they can be hundreds underground, as soon as it's disturbed - 🌱🌱🌱😠 Found out the hard way decades ago. I used to pull them up, then in the autumn they would be a fairy ring of wee ones around the hole. I expect when putting in your new ley, the...
  5. ladycrofter

    f**k Up Fortnight

    We had one with a weird sort of cleft palate nose, didn't live. Suppose qith a proper cleft palate, the mouth could bleed from pressure while sucking?
  6. ladycrofter

    GCSE biology

    🙄 Predator
  7. ladycrofter

    GCSE biology

    Ha ha yes if you finish off grass! That would be an excellent debate for pupils, they would need to actually calculate calories per kilo, killout, etc. And let's not forget to add in the milk from a native cow reared old- style who got milked once a day. I had pupils who could do this and engage...
  8. ladycrofter

    GCSE biology

    Life is very inefficient. In theory you can feed 100 people with grain. Or feed the grain to cattle and the cattle feed only 10 people. Of course real life is more complicated! Grain is grown in some places in a very insustainable way, and livestock can produce high quality protein from...
  9. ladycrofter

    GCSE biology

    Former biology teacher here: A basic but very poorly worded question. The answer they are looking for is that in ascensing every step in the food chain, there's ten-fold loss in energy. This is fact, not politics. It starts with plankton, then krill, and goes up to apex preditor. So you can...
  10. ladycrofter

    Calves only sucking 2 quaters

    Sh*t happens 🙄. I agree I wouldn't automatically tube her, but if she's milking out seriously bad, bloody stuff, you need to. Or if the quarter is hot or hard. Otherwise if she's just a bit clotty, she should come good with a calf on it.
  11. ladycrofter

    Calves only sucking 2 quaters

    Yes as said, you run the risk of mastitis which if bad can ruin a quarter. It won't milk well and seems to congest easily, encouraging further bouts of it.
  12. ladycrofter

    Calves only sucking 2 quaters

    Due to the age of your calves (not newborn) I would milk her out a bit as I found the teats can get dry, the plug can get stuck and the bag can get sore, not to mention what state the milk will be in when they finally start sucking there. They will smell the new milk on that side and hopefully...
  13. ladycrofter

    f**k Up Fortnight

    Should have known better than to say we've sorted (the few) reluctant mothers with calcium :mad::mad::mad:. Five ewes - just bloody 5!!! left to go, and had to give up yesterday after 3 days at her. She's NOT having it. Calls for it it if I hide it, stamps at the dog. Will she let it suck...
  14. ladycrofter

    Ewe with bloody snot.

    Not had bloody snot before but I would ask your vet for a jag of antibiotic for it in case of secondary infection. Also get a salt lick eg Rockie in to them, it helps keep orf at bay. Once they've had it they're immune. Possibly she has an orf lesion inside her nose?
  15. ladycrofter

    Masses of ticks on sheepdog, best treatment?

    Same here, won't ever use it again!! No coincidence, she was very lively, then the next day off her food for 3- 4 days and not in great form. She's not a great eater anyway so it was very worrying. You have to wonder what's in it that it kills everything for months.
  16. ladycrofter

    Several gimmers rejecting lambs at same time

    As every year, we have had some gimmers that won't stand and aren't right with the lamb. Happened at the beginning of lambing and the start of the 2nd cycle. Without exception, every case was cured with 20ml calciject (warm under the skin over the ribs), some needed 2 doses a day apart. This is...
  17. ladycrofter

    training sheepdog pup

    As said, get her doing some real work outside the pen. She did the same - lock up when close. Don't try to train it out of her, it's exactly what you need when you're trying to catch one in the field. She'll work opposite you. We had a large pen in the field, our main training job was to gather...
  18. ladycrofter

    f**k Up Fortnight

    I think we forgot the f*ckup fortnight that goes at the end of lambing :rolleyes: . Had as many issues in the last week as the two at the beginning! One with it all out and no hope of fixing it :confused:, haven't had it happen for years. Another with lamb hung and dead. A few wobblers needing...
  19. ladycrofter

    Weeds in grassland, what to do?

    Can someone explain why some are cleared for knapsack, and some for boom, and some for both? Trying to decide how to attack a smallish field. Thanks
  20. ladycrofter

    Native breeds photographs

    @Cowslip same ears here 😂
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