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Question:Working on renovating our existing Ag Barn. Was wondering what you recommend for pen floor? 1. Concrete and shavings. 2. Dirt/Sand 3. Cedar Fiber Would like to be able to clean out yearly and sanitize with bleach or Nolvasan.
Answer:I have a 6x6 area that is concrete then base material covered with manufactured sand. Each pen is 6' wide and 24' long. When it gets cold, I put down shavings. With the coarser sand I can clean the pens with a blower.
 
Question:Can you show a ewe lamb if she\'s pregnant? Also how many years can you show a ewe?
Answer:Yes if it is a breeding show. Look at the rules for the shows you intend to enter. They will list the dates for breeding classes.
 
Question:How do you get a lambs stomach to drop
Answer:Feed as much as they can eat. Add hay
 
Question: can I use Glycerin on my show lamb to condition the skin
Answer:I have not used it. We use revive for the skin and wash with soap and conditioner.
 
Question:I have a Southdown that absolutely refuses to walk backwards on the treadmill. She either sits down or just walks with her back legs and slides of the front. Is there anything I can do about this??
Answer:Just keep on trying. Eventually she may catch on.
 
Question:I have tried everything to grow shag and he just won\'t put any on. He had a bunch when he was smaller but now he doesn\'t have any. My county is next week. Is it possible that a judge will overlook that he doesn\'t have any shag, and see him for the other qualitys he has?
Answer:I do not know. It is genetic and maintenance. They either have it or they do not. If they do, Keep it clean.
 
Question:What is the best whitening shampoo for sheep
Answer:I use Dollar general suave shampoo and conditioner in one. Works great. I also wash three times over 7 days prior to shearing.
 
Question:What are the best muscle building supplements for show lambs
Answer:You need a protein supplement. I use Honor show chow Champion drive
 
Question:I am currently raising a lamb for my school show but he currently has a respiratory infection that won\'t go away. He has received shots of antibiotics but no permanent process has been made. Do you have any suggestion on how to treat the infection?
Answer:Check with your vet
 
Question:What is the normal weight gain you want in a market lamb per week?
Answer:I usually figure about 10 lbs per month, so 2.5 lbs per week. All are different based on many factors
 
Question:I have a cross Hampshire and Suffolk weather and he has a slight dip in his back. I rise his feed bowl and have him step on cinder blocks to feed. Could this be the reason? Any solutions to fixing it?
Answer:Not sure without seeing him. Check with your adult leader or advisor.
 
Question:I wrote the post below about the fine wool not eating and I would like to say thank you for responding and do you have a preference between giving him alfalfa vs. hay grazer or coastal hay?
Answer:I use alfalfa
 
Question:Hi, I have a fine wool whether lamb that does not finish his feed. Originally, I was feeding him dry purina show chow but adding mineral and stand alone supplement to it and he would eat everything but the pellets. Now I have added purina heavy weight supplement along with the other supplements and have added water as well and he still leaves half of the feed I give him. he weighs 96 pounds and I\'m giving him a pound and a half per feeding. We\'ve tried probias, vitamin B12 shots, molasses, and oats in his feed but he still won\'t finish it. Our county show is in 2 months so I need him to start eating everything soon. He has been exercised on the treadmill once a week and doesn\'t act like he is sick.
Answer:Full feed is 3 .5 percent of body weight. At 96 lbs this would be about 3.5 lbs. Not all lambs will eat this much. I would take all of the supplements out and just use the feed plus a small amount of alfalfa hay to increase his rumen.
 
Question:i have a ewe that is abnomally skinny, have been feeding protien and lots of good hay for over 3 months and she wont gain any wieght. she also stands funny on her back end from time to time. She has been dewormed 4 months ago , has a great appetite.
Answer:take a stool sample to the vet to see what is going on. He will advise on how to get her going.
 
Question:I read on this page that Dorset sheep are medium wool, but all the shows we go to put them in fine wool. Why is this?
Answer:Not sure. Dorsets are a Medium wool meat breed. They are solid white like Rambouillets and Delaine Merino, so they fit the color pattern of fine wools.
 
Question:Trying to put muscle on my show wether, any good minerals or proteins I should put him on for fast gain in muscle?
Answer:A high quality show feed, exercise and a fat additive.
 
Question:what can i do to make my lambs leg wool grow
Answer:rinse daily, blow out and brush should stimulate growth
 
Question:At home my lamb does perfect he sets up good and braces but when I get in the show ring he doesn\'t set up or brace what can I do to make him set up and brace
Answer:Practice a lot. Sometimes when you get away from the barn, they tend to act differently. Might help to change up your daily routine and walk him away from the barn in different directions and set up.
 
Question:What supplements do I need & where can I get a treadmill for my lamb?
Answer:Not sure about a treadmill. Seek on google.
 
Question:We had sand in our lamb pens and this year changed to quarter to dust limestone. This year we seem to have a lot more dust and respiratory problems. We spray down the pens once or twice a day to try to decrease the amount of dust, What is the best ground cover for lamb pens?
Answer:We use a manufactured coarse sand that works great.
 
Question:I have a Southdown that turned out really long when I sheered him and he\'s super small and I can\'t get to gain weight or fill out and he\'s getting a big scoop of food twice a day. What can I do to get him filled out
Answer:Feed, water and exercise
 
Question:i have dorper, i was told he is to wrinkly and i was wondering why this is and what i could do to prevent/get rid of them.
Answer:You need to manage his hide. Keep him clean. Blanket when sheared. The type of hide cannot be changed much. If he has a lot of wrinkles, not going to go away. Need to select one with a tight hide.
 
Question:MY sheep is acting like its dead it has been laying there for 6 hours and it is a little cold so I put a blanket on it and it didn\'t help, I was too scared to check so I don\'t know if its dead. Should I check?
Answer:Call the vet.
 
Question:Is there a supplement or mineral that will stop a lamb from pulling out leg hair?
Answer:Not that I know of. Wrap the legs with a leg wrap to prevent and/ or muzzle the lamb.
 
Question:If I have a Dorset Sheep, what do I classify him as? A medium wool or a Finewool?
Answer:Dorsets are a medium wool breed.
 
Question:My lamb has not ate for the past 4 days he had direha but now he\'s just not pooping at all. What should I do?
Answer:Take him to a veterinarian.
 
Question:How long do you recommend walking a lamb on a treadmill and what supplements do you use or recommend?
Answer:I use a wheat germ oil as a fat additive. I feed honor show chow textured feed. Different types of treadmills, I would work them until they start breathing hard and stop. I like show shake as a pre-show additive for stress and limited feed.
 
Question:Have a 2 year old ewe that is having trouble using back legs. Hasn\'t been on all four legs for 4 days. No fever, eats and drinks, looks healthy. Any idea what might be wrong with her?
Answer:No- seek the advice of your vet
 
Question:I practice bracing with my ewe lamb every day but she still doesn\'t stay still
Answer:Repetition. just keep on working.
 
Question:Have you heard about the laser treatments to prevent roaching for good? What is your thoughts?
Answer:No- some use a chiropractor to help this issue.
 
Question:How can I put size on 120 pound ewe market lambs quickly for breeding in october or November?
Answer:Not answered yet.
 
Question:my lamb is very skinny. how do I get him to gain weight?
Answer:Not answered yet.
 
Question:Can I mix show bloom and champion drive feed supplements to get a blackface lamb to build more muscle
Answer:Sure- one is fat, the other is protein. Use recommended amounts and watch the feces. If he gets too loose, back off the fat.
 
Question:Is it acceptable to use an Australian Shepherd to run sheep for exercise? Or would that be too stressful on the sheep?
Answer:A lot of folks use dogs to exercise sheep. Dog needs to be trained not to bite.
 
Question:What\'s the best work outs for a lamb? Just in general to build up lots of muscles.
Answer:We run and use a treadmill. We walk them backwards on the treadmill.
 
Question:How can I get the more shag on my lamb? We wash and blow dry his legs about 2-3 times a week. Is there any products y\'all would recommend?
Answer:You are on the right track. Keep it clean, comb the wool to work it and promote growth.
 
Question:How do I get my lambs to fill out
Answer:feed, water, exercise.
 
Question:What is the best way to teach a lamb to set up?
Answer:We put them on an elevated table. One braces the lamb and the other places the feet in the correct place. Repeat daily. When they start standing correct on the table, we move to the ground. Lots of time and repetition.
 
Question:My lamb is starting to get toofat and my fair is a week away. Is there anything I can do to harden her fat or get her to lose her fat?
Answer:Less feed, Higher protein, more exercise.
 
Question:My lamb has a lot of muscle but I would like to get her fatter how to I make her bigger but still keep the muscle?
Answer:Add a fat additive to the feed. I use Honor Show Chow powerfuel
 
Question:My fair is 3 weeks away my lambs are 50 pounds. How do I get them 140 pounds. And they are they are really short , how do I get them taller.
Answer:You are not going to get them to gain 90 lbs in 3 weeks. Impossible. Next year, buy older lambs that have the frame size you are looking for.
 
Question:My lamb has some bare patches in his shag. What should I use to cover them up?
Answer:I would rinse the legs each day and comb them out to stimulate the wool growth. Not sure why they are losing the wool. Need to see if you can find out and prevent it.
 
Question:My fair is in a month and my lamb weighs 100 pounds. I need him to gain as much as possible!! How can I do thus
Answer:Fresh water, clean pens, cool area, good feed and exercise.
 
Question:What feed do you give shee to get them muscular and make their bodies grow
Answer:Proper feed and exercise
 
Question:This is my first year how do I win? Do you know about the round robin?
Answer:Go to the home page and read the lamb guide
 
Question:How to limit weight gain on show lamb. lamb weights 145 show 2 weeks away with 140 pound weight limit.lamb eating 2 pounds of high noon show lamb and 2 pounds of high noon original glow a day. Sprints for exercise every other daynwv
Answer:You are going to have to cut the feed intake back and increase exercise. The day of or before the show you may have to limit water to pull his weight back.
 
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