[Jacob-list] SUED question
patchworkfibers at windstream.net
Wed Mar 14 19:27:26 EDT 2012
So often questions are answered privately, when public replies would
benefit us all. It's possible (likely) that someone will disagree if you
respond publicly, but so what? That's how we learn.
I agree that I would not and do not cull for a minor notch. I cull for
traits that are discomforting, but if I have to grab a sheep and pull
his/her eyelid up to the top of the head to see a notch, I'm not going
to cull on that. Interesting that you mentioned the tufts. One of my
lambs born on Monday has a huge tuft. I just looked at it and thought
bad SUED. I grabbed him up yesterday to show someone a case of SUED. I
really had to pull to get the notch to show up. When I can get Dave to
hold while I photograph, I'll get some pictures.I did had two previous
lambs with a big tuft like that and both did have SUED to the point of
being a threat to their well being. This guy just has something you
wouldn't see unless you worked at it.
On 3/14/2012 6:19 PM, Jennifer wrote:
> I just want to say , That I am so proud to see the Jacob breeders
> openly commenting on this... When I first got our Jacob sheep, so
> many of these unique issues we have with our breed, I felt like, were
> on the list of things you dont talk about.. and when I would ask a
> question, it was always privatley answered rather than open to all to
> see...Its thru this open exchange of information that we all learn.
> Perhaps Im too open, and have put out there issues I have had with my
> flock.. stuff I thought was the end of the earth, but after seeing
> things become more openly discussed, I felt like "thank goodness Im
> not the only one"
> As an Extension Agent, the closed door policy of so many types of
> livestock breeding is frustrating.. Ive had Club Lamb folks refuse to
> show me what is in their grain mix, as it is their secret recipe, yet
> they want me to figure out if they are having a nutritional issue in
> their flock....Sigh.
> My best ewe has a mild case of SUED. Up to this point ( I cant guess
> what the future brings) she has not had a lamb with SUED, but I have
> had an unrealted lamb that did!
> I do want to ask about the tufts of hair that supposedly indicate
> SUED in lambs. I have a lamb, that has these big bold hair tufts...
> He also had a gooey eye... I just made the assumption that it was
> SUED.... I ended up taking him to the vet as I was curious if there
> was anything to be done to make him more comfortable...the eye was
> pretty irritated.....It turned out he had an injury to his 3rd
> eyelid.. a tear, that looks like maybe when he was just getting
> around, perhaps he caught it on something. The vet snipped off a
> small piece of his inner eyelid.. and all is well.. no drippy eye, no
> irritation... no SUED.. yet he has the extra clump of hair!
> Jennifer Tucker
> www.MooseMtnRanch.com <http://www.MooseMtnRanch.com>
Patchwork Farm Jacob Sheep <http://www.patchworkfibers.com>
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