Hay Day

We have one ewe not doing well. Allen caught her tonight and we brought her to the barn. She’s thin and the first assumption with a thin animal is worms. She is one of seventeen ewes we wormed earlier. At that time we used an inject-able Ivomectin product to worm her.

We don’t seem to have much luck with the inject-able worming products. This time we wormed with a drench product instead. We also gave her a dose of antibiotic and settled her with feed and water for the night. She is eating and drinking so I’m hopeful that worms is all it is. There are a couple more ewes that are thin. I’ll have to see how my ewe catching skills are tomorrow.

Our old, little tractor refused to run today so we had to borrow a tractor to feed the handful of animals who are not swath grazing with the flock (rams, runty lambs, cows and horses).

The swath grazing is nearing an end and so we took advantage of having a larger tractor and fed the flock the first feed of hay tonight.

Allen spread the hay around the bush the ewes bed down at. The guardian dogs were the first to arrive and promptly nestled into the hay. Once the first ewes spotted what was happening, word spread rapidly and a steady stream of sheep filed in to check it out. There was no evening gather since everyone was already together investigating the new feed and sleeping accommodations. 

There is enough hay there to hold them for a few days. Meanwhile we have to figure out how we’re going to feed hay with all the early snow we have this year and being without a large tractor to get around. The Ranger won’t be able to roll bales out in the deep snow.  We’ll start next week with loading and hauling bales out to the pasture.

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