Is a lumpy bag a reason to Cull?

crazy_bull

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Huntingdon
I’m not talking about the udders that are like a bag of spanner’s, they are an obvious red stripe (red means dead).

what about the young ewes with the odd ping pong ball sized lump in the bag or one ‘tenticle’ feeling hard in the bag.
Not really sure what to do with those.

seem to have a lot in the above category this year for some reason.

Thoughts?

C B
 

Ysgythan

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Ammanford
One of the kid's pet pure texels was lumpy but I was banned from selling her."No!!! Not Doughnut!!!!"🙄 Lambed a pair of twins,milk both sides,all fine for a week then one looked hollow. Took him off, then the other started suffering. She should have been called Kebab. Lesson learned.
Logically a lump is a blocked milk duct. So even if it isn’t mastitis which caused it, and it isn’t the source of infection for next time, she still won’t be firing on all cylinders.
 

Anymulewilldo

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Cheshire
Out of interest when do people check bags for culling? At weaning or 3 weeks after? I always wait until they have dried off then go through them. Always think it makes it easier too feel problems then? Plus anything that’s saggy won’t have dried up properly and away they go!
 
Out of interest when do people check bags for culling? At weaning or 3 weeks after? I always wait until they have dried off then go through them. Always think it makes it easier too feel problems then? Plus anything that’s saggy won’t have dried up properly and away they go!
If a ewe has reared a single they can be uneven and cause a bit more doubt. Due to other jobs,we end up checking them when the tups are going in. Maybe we're missing a few then
 

Kernowkid

Member
Good thread. Important to get it right. I always question myself for picking them out with small lumps but nothing worse than a 1 titter with couple hungry lambs lambs come February. Go through them at weening then will re check the culls again before carting off to market to be sure
 

idgni

Member
Location
Armagh
same here,
Sparkles in my profile pic!!
One year blind one teat, " we'll keep her at least she can rear one"
next year blind both teats and had triplets, sold as pet lambs " we'll keep her as shes paid her keep from pet lamb sale, and make sure she doesn't see the tup again."
She was like @Gator Houdini !, found the tup somehow
Ended up in lamb with 3!, took twin lamb, nursed for two weeks, Ringwombed & three watery lambs all died within 24hrs, a she died 2 days later
NEVER AGAIN!!!!:banghead::banghead::banghead:
 

Ysgythan

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Ammanford
same here,
Sparkles in my profile pic!!
One year blind one teat, " we'll keep her at least she can rear one"
next year blind both teats and had triplets, sold as pet lambs " we'll keep her as shes paid her keep from pet lamb sale, and make sure she doesn't see the tup again."
She was like @Gator Houdini !, found the tup somehow
Ended up in lamb with 3!, took twin lamb, nursed for two weeks, Ringwombed & three watery lambs all died within 24hrs, a she died 2 days later
NEVER AGAIN!!!!:banghead::banghead::banghead:
And, have you?
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
If a ewe has reared a single they can be uneven and cause a bit more doubt. Due to other jobs,we end up checking them when the tups are going in. Maybe we're missing a few then

I take the end off the ear of anything that I treat for mastitis, has a prolapse, etc. There’s no going back from the shortened ear!

Everything is gone through a month pre-tupping, checking teeth (in the older groups) and bags on everything. Anything with any type of lump is out at that stage.

Lumps in the udder aren’t just down to mastitis, but can also be walled up infection or CLA. Either way, they are a problem waiting to happen, so get them shipped out.
 

Mc115reed

Member
Out of interest when do people check bags for culling? At weaning or 3 weeks after? I always wait until they have dried off then go through them. Always think it makes it easier too feel problems then? Plus anything that’s saggy won’t have dried up properly and away they go!
I did all mine at weaning… then again at pre tupping … was 5 more bad bags out of 300 at pre Tupping… normally I just do them at weaning but last year was loads of bad bags at lambing 🤦‍♂️ Lesson learned I guess
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

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