Lambing Kit

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As we get ready to lamb each year we like to have a convienent kit that is easy to use and contains the essentials for some common situations we might need to deal with.

  1. Rubbing alcohol – Essential for sterilizing tools/implements
  2. Iodine & scissors – Used to cut the umbilical cord and kill any bacteria that might travel towards the naval and cause infection. It also helps to seal off the umbilical cord.
  3. A syringe, 6″ rubber tube & some lubricating gel. A common problem with lambs not feeding at birth is constipation. Some glycerin or warm soapy water or will help relieve this problem by enema.
  4. Variety of bottles to hold implements or collect colostrum.
  5. A stomach feeding tube and bottle. Stomach tubing can be tricky so ensure your confident in your intubating abilities first.
  6. Rubber gloves. If any pushing/pulling is necessary, get the long kind.
  7. A sling, scale and notepad for record keeping.

Rooster Results

The Rooster Contest is now closed and the results are in!

The winner is…

 


It was a tight race between El Pollo and The Experienced Gentleman, but luckily for these two they are now both guaranteed a spot in the flock.  Many thanks to those that voted, our hens will be very grateful once our rooster population is reduced.  The scores of all the roosters are in the graph below.

 

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Pork update

 Brown pig and black pig have stayed on for a bit longer than planned, but we do enjoy having them around.  Our estimate before the new year was that they were close to 250 pounds and they don’t seem to have packed on too much more in the last month.  Estimating their weight involves taking length and girth measurements, and we haven’t tried again as last time they tried to eat the tape measure.

We haven’t made too many swine blog updates, in part because it is very tricky getting good photos of the pigs.  We don’t spend too much time with them, so they mostly associate us with food and will rush up to anyone that stops by the pen.  To get a picture that isn’t all ears, you have to be down at snout level, which presents some challenges, as they like to mouth everything new that comes their way.  Yesterday I was able to grab a few photos before they got too close.

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It did involve a fair amount of running back and forth across the pen to keep them from getting their snout froth on the camera lens.  If you are curious what pig photography is like, check out the gif below.

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