Wayne & Edie Van Valkenburg
joyew at mindspring.com
Thu Nov 30 09:57:19 EST 2000
How lucky for you to have some snow. I am like you I love the snow.
Everything is sooo beautiful and pure looking. The Jacob seem to be at
their best with the white rug on the ground.
No none of the Jacob had any eye weakness. The vet had some cases in
the area with cows and steers and flies and birds seem to spread this.
The ewe that came in brought over in a truck that had just been to Va
to bring back some Suffolk. The breeder and us rationalized that maybe
thats were it entered.
We have tested for OPP over the years just when a buyer requested it and
last year all the animals were blood tested with the Scrapie Program.
Everything has come up negative. Also we have never seen any symptoms.
We are like you with almost a 100% live lambing. Only shepherd error
has been in the way. Sometimes we miss the most obvious things that we
"old (Experienced) shepherds should know.
I feel lending a ram out is a better situation than bringing other ewes
on to your property unless you have a isolated area to keep them. We
often kept an excellent ram for just that purpose. If something
happened to him it was not that great a loss.
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