Grazing wheat growth, down ewes

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by paul&mandy, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. paul&mandy

    paul&mandy Member

    Location:
    surrey/west sussex
    Got some well forward wheat that I've put some ewes on. 1st lot last week been fine but put another group on another field yesterday and got 2 down ewes this morning, they seem ok in themselves but are really uncomfortable if I try and make them stand and lay straight down. They are due to lamb 10th April. Any ideas what this could be? Also what's the plan of action with these 2.
    Will call the vet in a bit just someone on here night have more hands on with this sort of thing.
    Thanks Paul
     
  2. Tim W

    Tim W Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I have heard of mineral problems with ewes in late pregnancy on wheat before but your girls aren't that far forward ?
    Magnesium/calcium typically or even pregnancy toxemia (low sugars)

    Sounds unlikely in your animals which are mid pregnancy but try giving them dextrose/Mg/Ca under the skin ---it's cheap and wont hurt them ----just might do the trick
    If it is one of these conditions and you don't act they will be harder to treat successfully later on
     
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  3. a vit C jab - and then double check that they have acess to minerals (theyll walk away if theres too many around a bucket)
     
  4. andybk

    andybk Member

    Location:
    Mendips Somerset
    we have never had any issues grazing wheat , what were they on before ? a sudden change of diet from say old grass , onto wheat (high protein) need to be careful with the normal stuff like pasturella and pulpy kidney , only other thing is any piles left from unloading the combine and ewes gorging on it and getting acidosis (any pheasant feeders about ?
     
  5. paul&mandy

    paul&mandy Member

    Location:
    surrey/west sussex
    I've given them 80ml calcject 6. I think 1 is up but looks like 1 still there. I'll check when I'm done spreading. Can I give them another dose of calciject later this afternoon if needed? 1st shot was about 9.30.
     
  6. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Multivit drench good.
    Just turn in day or so then out etc etc.
     
  7. paul&mandy

    paul&mandy Member

    Location:
    surrey/west sussex
    Got some baged minerals coming in a few days, mainly for the ones on turnips but will give these some
     
  8. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Bucket licks too
     
  9. paul&mandy

    paul&mandy Member

    Location:
    surrey/west sussex
    Come off pretty good grass tbh, still this wheat pretty good. Over a ft tall
     
  10. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Stuffing their guts are they ?
    Any bloat or Acidosis start maybe?
     
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