Sheep scanning results!

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Sheep scanning results!

Postby shepherdess » 04 Jan 2011, 09:29

Hi All, had to share this one, we had some very disappointing scanning results last year (150%) in our flock of 1100 suffolk x mules and NC mules, we blamed the dry weather, the neighbours sheep (scab) etc etc. I have been dreading scanning this year, we have spent all summer getting the girls and boys into tip top shape, sorted into groups, blood sampled, worm counts, you name it, we did it and it turns out that we had a very minor mineral imbalance in one part of the farm so 5 weeks before tupping started we gave every ewe and ram a mineral bolus to top their levels up, for years and years we have been using a pre tupping mineral drench followed up by another dose pre lambing but recent reserch has shown that its not 'held' in the sheep for as long as they suggest on the bottle! Scanned the girls on monday and one group that scanned at 136% last year scanned at an eye watering 213% even the shearlings scanned at 181% which, for us is the best ever, so having sat down and worked it all out, whole flock performance is 191% its going to be a very busy lambing :help:

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Postby CP » 04 Jan 2011, 09:57

Great news, well done for your persistence! =D>
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Re: Sheep scanning results!

Postby milkmaid » 04 Jan 2011, 13:05

great news ,it will be busy
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Re: Sheep scanning results!

Postby ilex » 04 Jan 2011, 13:53

=D> :grin: Hope the weather is Good for you at lambing time . [-o<
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Re: Sheep scanning results!

Postby shepherdess » 04 Jan 2011, 14:25

I always pray for dry weather, cold is fine, wet is a challenge!
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Postby milkmaid » 04 Jan 2011, 14:38

knowe that feeling ,i'm not to bad only a few ,nonie was lambing 2 years ago outside in
-19 wind chill and it was sleeting and snowing
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Re: Sheep scanning results!

Postby shepherdess » 04 Jan 2011, 16:05

I lamb in all weathers, I start on January the 21st at a big farm down the road, all indoors, nobody goes out to grass there until march, then we lamb ours 4th march onwards, last lot start 21st of April, just 3 big lots to do this year...... Plus providing a 24 hour lamb pulling / prolapse / mastitis / sick lamb sorting service to about 10 local smallholders!
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Postby shire horse girl » 04 Jan 2011, 19:03

Enjoy
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Postby Hen-Gen » 04 Jan 2011, 19:26

Because Spring is so late here and no-one on this island lambs indoors the tups go to the ewes on December 4th to give lambing from May 1st. I'm running my ewe lambs on this year unmated and they'll be served next December by my Zwartble tup who is currently out on loan.
They never seem to have their heads out of the Crystalyx tubs despite me feeding them well.
Be sure to let us know how you get on and some pics would be nice - especially those triplets.
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Re: Sheep scanning results!

Postby shepherdess » 04 Jan 2011, 21:01

And the 3 sets of quads???
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Postby julieszoo » 05 Jan 2011, 22:05

Quads! Do you have to try and foster or hand raise those ones? Or can sheep cope with extras?
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Postby jojosarah » 05 Jan 2011, 23:26

:lol: I wish i lived closer, i fancy having a go at lambing. I work as a practice nurse in a rural community, so i am planning to offer my services, i should have been a vet not a nurse
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Postby brooksidepoultry » 07 Jan 2011, 18:43

Congartulations but sorry how do you work out the percentages? I wish we scanned but my uncle owns the flock & wont have it but sod 1100 we've got 200-300 maybe 350 & thats enough with the cattle & poultry on top :lol:

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Re: Sheep scanning results!

Postby debcat » 07 Jan 2011, 18:54

percentages : if you have 10 sheep and they are all singles then it's 100%
all twins and it's 200%
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Re: Sheep scanning results!

Postby brooksidepoultry » 07 Jan 2011, 20:37

Oh ok you see I've never thought of it that you see I've only ever thought of it as 200 ewes all have lambs whatever they were be it singles, twins or triplets ect I'd have classed it as 100% or for example 150 fertile ewes out of 200 = 3/4 sorry the computer wont allow me to do it the other way x.
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