[Jacob-list] miranda's question
hobbyknobfarm at main.nc.us
Thu Aug 19 12:44:20 EDT 2010
I have a Jacob ewe that had a little bottle feeding when young and is quite friendly now. In addition I had another ewe that was just friendlier than the others and would always come up to me and investigate. Some will be like that and others will not. All of my breeds of sheep will browse and graze depending on what is around. I had lots of wild Rosa Flora in my pasture 9 years ago and it was q uickly eaten by both my sheep and llamas (who needs goats) I don't know of anyone using Safeguard on sheep. I have heard it is pretty ineffective now due to resistance. Having said that, it really depends on your situation. I will periodically use Valbazen (not if pregnant), Ivomec injectible given orally and Cydectin injectible also given orally. These last 2 given at 1cc per 100 #s. I also seem to be able to worm the jacobs less. Thank goodness because sometimes I cannot trick them into coming in the stall! But your Merino will most likely be more susceptible. If you have a vet, have them run a fecal egg count (get some fresh poop and refrigerate it till you get to the vet) and see what you have and use something a little more potent until the summer is over and the fecals look good. Is this an old or young sheep? They also need the time to build immunity and may be better able tolerate a heavier parasite load as an adult. Consider using some probios also. As much as I would like to not use any chemical wormers, it is really hard to do that around here. They can go so quickly from Haemonchus and sheep are very stoic, you may not know there is a problem until they are almost dead. Check the eyelids membranes regularly and look for nice pink membranes, This will help you stay on top of things!
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