Sunday, July 28, 2013

Yesterday I noticed my ram wasn't acting quite like he usually does. He was just laying down a bit more and that concerned me.  When you have animals, you have to be really vigilant about noticing anything that's off or different than normal.  Especially with sheep...sheep tend to hide pain and illness really well.  My first thought was that he might have a high worm load, which is a common problem during the summer.  I caught him today to check him out, and saw the problem right away. 

My ram has scurs, and about a week ago I noticed he bumped his scur and caused it to bleed.  I wasn't worried about it, because he does that every now and then.  This time it got infected though, so that's why the poor guy wasn't feeling well. 

I'm glad I caught it pretty quickly, because flies in the summer can cause an even worse problem.  Hopefully he'll be right as rain in a few days. 

I'll be selling this guy in the fall after breeding season, because next year his daughter will be ready to breed and I'll need a different ram.  I'm kinda bummed, because he's a nice boy and I'd like to see how he matures.  He's a yearling now, so he still has lots of growing to do. 

If anyone is looking for a registered Southdown ram, let me know!


Becky said...

Poor guy. :( I'm glad you caught it early. That's great that he's such a sweet guy. :)

Kris said...

That does look pretty painful, poor guy. Good thing you checked him out. As I was reading, I was thinking worms too. Which IS what my ram is going through right now. Bad. For the past 4 days I have been giving him wormers, B complex and Thiamin shots and lots of Red Cell. Last year I lost a Finn ewe from this. He's Finn too. I have a hard time with these wool sheep and worms. I hope he makes it. And I hope your fella will be fine soon too.

Momma/Deb said...

He's a great looking boy and I'm glad you caught it hon! Love you, Momma

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