Category: Sheep

Healthy Sheep Feet

Healthy Sheep Hoof

Elliot, my Border Cheviot ram has pretty good feet. His hooves haven’t been looked at in over a year and really don’t need too much trimming. I live in a very wet climate and often to deal with soggy pastures. Over the years I’ve noticed over that sheep with black hooves tend to do better…

Black Badger Face Border Cheviot Lamb

Badger Face Border Cheviot Lamb

Spring has finally arrived here in western Pennsylvania! Daffodils are beginning to bloom and lambing season is finished. For the most part this year’s lambing season went smoothly. But there was one big surprise. An unusual Badger Face ewe lamb was born about 10 days ago. The ewe lamb is a twin out of two…

Retained Placenta in Sheep & Goats – Treatment & Considerations

Shedding A Placenta

Normally after lambing or kidding, a ewe or nanny will expel the afterbirth or placenta within an hour or two. But sometimes the placenta can be stubborn about being released during the cleansing phase of lambing or kidding. In sheep and goats a placenta that does not evacuate the uterus after about 12 hours or…

Care And Management Of Hypothermic Lambs & Kid Goats

A Mildly Hypothermic Lamb

Gosh it’s cold outside! Hypothermic lambs and kid goats can become a real problem in this kind of weather. Throughout much of North America, the record cold is interfering with the health and well-being of many early season neonatal lambs and goat kids. Lambs and goat kids can take quite a bit of cold as…

Ram Marking Harness

Ram Being Fitted With Marking Harness

One of the most practical sheep management tools during breeding season is the use of a ram marking harness. A ram marking harness is a small harness typically made of nylon or leather that holds a square colored crayon. The way that a marking harness works, is that a colored crayon is attached to the…

Bottle Jaw – What You Need To Know

A Bottle jaw

Bottle jaw is the vernacular term given to pendulous lower jaw swelling in sheep, cattle and goats. The swelling is a soft tissue edema cause by anemia. It is characteristic in animals that are carrying a heavy load of blood sucking internal parasites – better known as worms. Most often in sheep and gaots, the…

Pick The Time Of Day When Lambs or Kids Are Born

A Group Of Pregnant Border Cheviot Ewes

Did you know that the way a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is managed can influence when she will lamb or kid, and how quickly she’ll lamb or kid? It’s true. The time of day that a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is fed can influence when she will lamb or kid and how quickly…

Foot Scald & Foot Rot In Sheep & Goats

Foot Scald

The ewe in the picture below has sore feet. Her kneeling stance is typical of either foot scald or foot rot. The ewe to the right of her, who is lying down, also has sore feet. All foot problems in sheep and in goats should be investigated and treated as soon as possible. There are…

Try This Simple Trick To Make A Ewe Accept Her Lamb

This Ewe Rejected One Of Her Lambs

Every once in a while for whatever reason, I’ll get a ewe that doesn’t want to properly mother her lamb or lambs. In sheep it is vital that within the first minutes after delivery, a ewe see, smell, hear, taste and touch her newborn lamb(s). A strong ewe/lamb bond is formed by those behaviors. Any…

How To Dock A Lamb’s Tail

Lambs With Newly Banded Tails

All lambs born on my farm get their tails docked. There are many different ways to accomplish tail docking and it varies by location, culture and tradition. Tail docking (shortening of the tail) is usually done in the United States to protect sheep against blowfly strike. Sometimes when young lambs or adult sheep are on…