The Shepherd’s Dog Whistle has evolved over the years to help shepherds & others work with “four-legged” field helpers. The whistle allows the command to carry farther and without the user‘s vocal inflection interfering with the commands.
Using a prolapse harness is the most gentle “cure” for a prolapse. If properly fitted it will prevent ewes from straining and pushing the prolapse back out. If prolapses are treated early (when small) our success rate is high.
Why all producers need a handling system… It never ceases to amaze us that so few US sheep producers have serious handling setups—and fewer still have a good one. Visit any sheep operation in England, Australia or New Zealand and you will find such setups—be it mobile or fixed. But not in North America.
A normal electric fence consists of: Wire(s) connected to the fence (positive) terminal of an fence energizer. The soil’s moisture connected via metal ground (earth) stakes to the negative terminal of the fence energizer.
Premier’s Deck Chair holds sheep reliably in a relaxed position. Allows the use of both hands to trim feet, tag ears, examine and medicate. Restrains heavily pregnant ewes without injury. Users can walk away for more medicine or tools. Adjusts for width to hold all sizes of sheep (even just shorn ones).
A common question: “I can’t get any power on my fence but my energizer seems to be working fine. My animals are walking through the fence.” Answer: Many times the problem ends up being that the energizer ground system is inadequate because copper ground rods have been used. Why?
Plastic ear tags (all brands) are much easier to install if they are warm.
As breeding season approaches for most flocks across the country making plans for this important season is often overlooked. Aside from the essential first step of making sure you have enough “ram power”, there are a series of other management procedures and techniques that can be used to ensure the season is a success.
For electric net to be successful, new sheep should be trained to electric net before sending them out to pasture. This helps create the pain barrier that temporary fence relies on to be effective.
Mother’s milk is warm but it’s produced constantly in only small amounts—so lambs can’t take too much at one time.