Tag: 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…

How To Give Animal Injections

Injection Site For Pigs

As a veterinarian, I’m always giving animals injections for one reason or another. I give vaccines, I give antibiotics, I give pain medications and other drugs. Often when I’m treating an animal, I give owners instructions on how to administer the medication themselves so that they can continue the treatment. Many of my clients already…

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…

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…