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  1. I had a setup where the sheep could go under the hot wire and leave the horse pasture to go into their own pen when it was time for hay. The horses had their own hay feeders. Once I forgot to close the gate when the sheep went into their own pen at feed time so they ate their own hay and went back into the horse section to see what they could steal from the horses. I saw this from a window and before I could get outside to separate them my mare had kicked one of the ewes in the head. She dropped like a brick and I though she was dead, but she got back up after just a minute and walked away as if nothing had happened. I felt terrible and made sure the gate was never left open again at feed times.
  2. How far are you from Central Va? Bon Ingram 804-883-5822 knows more about sheep than anyone else I have found. I had her out to ultrasound some ewes a few years ago and do a breeding exam on a ram. Don't know if she is even in the area anymore but you can try....
  3. I feed Canidae All Life Stages. My dogs do well on it. Shiny coats and lots of pep. I get the green and tan bag. I do not care for the other Canidae formulas. I've tried other brands but this is what my dogs do best on. One downsize is that it's fattening. My dog's just get barely more than a cup each a day. So it lasts quite a while. Guess my dog's are weird.....they get cooked green beans and carrots for snacks too.
  4. Many of us are from horse backgrounds and who doesn't remember the farm dog where they boarded their horses? Usually it was content to lie around the stable begging snacks from the horse owners. Sometimes it would go out into the field with the horses just to nose around. Usually this was a happy scene with dog and horses both minding their own business. If a dog was ever seen "interacting" with a horse it was usually corrected for it's behavior. Horses are so much quicker than cattle, they kick differently and with deadly precision. They are smart and can think. My old gelding would acutally walk up to a fence and put his nose down whenever a stray would come around. Then he would back up slowly drawing the dog under the fence and halfway into the pen. Then he would rush it and try to stomp it with his front feet. People working stock on horseback with the help of a dog is two animals (horse/dog) both being controlled by the rider. Still even in controlled situations there is still risk. There are many cattledogs with missing teeth at the least. On the other hand there are horses that are just good souls and wouldn't kick a dog ever, but why risk it? Why put your dog in a potentially dangerous situation? Mona
  5. If you're just feeding them to the dogs you can just skin them and avoid the plucking altogether.
  6. Julies right. Horses are dangerous. I kept my gelding in with my flock of sheep in Arizona and he was hell on coyotes. I have always kept my dogs and horses seperate. Even a "playfull" kick from a horse can kill a dog in an instant. A lot of BC's are worked WITH horses but not ON horses. Dogs can be taught to respect a horse when you are using both to work a flock. When the horse is not saddled a dog has no business interacting with it. Just like people your usually mellow gelding can be having a "bad day" with disasterous results for your dog.
  7. I see that I just repeated what PSmitty said. Oops.
  8. This works for me, but my dogs are super greedy for treats. I get the bags of cheese that are cut into little cubes. I take out three cubes and put the cheese in one. First I give the dog a cube without the pill just to give them the taste. Then I hold out the cube with the pill in it and immediately offer the third cube so they will gulp down the treated cube in order to get the third one. Always works for me. They swallow the second cube without chewing or really tasting it in their hurry to get the third cube. good luck.
  9. Mona Howard


    I'm sorry this is off topic but look at the adorable (yorkie?) in the back of the border pup. how cute!!!!
  10. Okay, now my question....Do you get it tanned so it is "washable" as I have seen advertised? What does it actually mean? I wouldn't suppose you could toss it in your home washing machine? Take it to a dry cleaner???
  11. I hope they don't help her vineyards too much!!
  12. One exposure is nothing to get discouraged about. A lot of dogs get keener with more exposure. Maybe on your 4th or 5th visit that little light bulb will flick on and away we go! Just get out there and have fun. I always get a kick out of it when you take your dog to sheep and suddenly one day they get that look in their eye and you know they are thinking: Wow, I can make these things move wherever I want to and I don't even have to chase or use teeth. The tail goes down, the ears come up and BOING the brain starts working. Enjoy her, I bet she surprises you.
  13. Smalahunder: wethers are best for dog training anyway. No ewes protecting lambs or rams butting your dog. No worries about working pregnant sheep, etc. Mala: That must be nice to have all that hay. This year we are stocking up early. We have had scanty rain this summer and the farmers only got about half the hay they usually do. My sheep are hair sheep developed in Africa also but they are not so rare anymore. Quite a few people that keep hair sheep here in the states have Dorpers (my breed) or Dorper crosses.
  14. Do you prefer singles because your sheep are out on harsh range with scant feed or something like that? My feeling is that a ewe with a single just barely breaks even. All your profit for the year is in the twin. Why not four lambs instead of two? But I suppose four lambs in two lambings might be hard on the ewe. Some people try to have their ewes lamb every eight months so they get three lambings in two years here.
  15. Tommy Wilson and Sly just finished their run. Score has not been posted yet. They made the shed look like a piece of cake. Good boy Sly!
  16. I know someone in AZ that has shetlands. I bought some crosses from her. They are not difficult to work if your dog doesn't pressure them too much. I am also wanting to learn how to spin. Romney wool is suppossed to be easy to learn on and Romneys are pretty common and should be easy to find. They are also docile and throw a decent lamb when crossed to a meat type ram. I just bought a DVD from Rural Route Videos a week or two ago titled "Working with Wool-Spinning". It was very well presented and easy to follow. I would recommend it. Mona/Virginia
  17. A few people at my workplace don't understand flushing either. ( Just kidding!) Flushing is having the ewe on a rising plane of nutrition in the hopes of causing her to shed more eggs while ovulating to increase the chances of twins instead of singles. In my case I turn them onto lush pasture. No hope of that this year with the lack of rain. If you can't turn them into better pasture you can supplement them with a little grain to get the same effect. I would start "flushing" about three weeks before introduction of the ram. Hope this helps.
  18. You mean "nannies" and "billies" are incorrect??!!!!
  19. I'm jealous. Hopefully I can start up again soon too.
  20. Also by having your own sheep and moving them around WITHOUT a dog you'll learn more about their pressue points, so you can better place your dog when working them. If that makes any sense at all.
  21. Well it's funny that this thread has come up because I put some sheep on Craigslist just the other day and one of the people that contacted me pronounced it "yos" instead of ewes also. They were from upper Virginia. They also took one of the rams I had listed. They kept calling him a "buck". This is the first time I had heard it pronounce that way.
  22. Well, I'll visit this one in Blacksburg and come back and post what I have observed. I only put two in my freezer every year. There is a lady that buys from me but only during the Muslem and Greek Holidays. Very convienient (spelling) at only 10 miles away but only at her times, not all year round. I believe it's Ramadan now isn't it? So prices at the auction might be good. I will see and report back. Thanks.
  23. So where do you take your sheep Julie? Since you are in NC and I'm in VA maybe it would not be too far for me. Or do you have buyers come to your farm? There's an auction about an hour and a half from here in Blacksburg. I was going to go once (without sheep) just to observe. I have no experience with them. I'm sure they are not like New Holland in regard to prices but they are close. Thanks.
  24. Is this the first exposure to any livestock or just on goats? It it were the dogs first exposure to any livestock I would be happy just to get the dog to circle in both directions the first time. Once the dog is circling you can get it stop when it is opposite you and back up a few feet then let the dog get up and bring the stock to you. The instinct to balance should then kick in. I'm not the expert some of these poeple on this board are, I would just be happy if the dog showed interest in the stock without being uncontrollable. All my dogs took a few exposures to have the balancing kick in. If he already balances on sheep or cattle but not of goats I wouldn't know what to tell you. Perhaps someone more knowledgable will comment?
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