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shrekfeet

  • Joined Sep 2008
if it's not worms then what is it?
« on: April 16, 2012, 10:25:41 am »
Back on the subject of my sheep with messy bums. I have had an egg count done and it is negative. What should I be suspecting next?
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FiB

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Bala, North Wales
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Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 10:46:21 am »
Glad I'm not the only one!!  Watching with interest...

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 10:49:23 am »
I have had my sheep for 2 years now and they have never had messy bottoms. For the last couple of weeks one of them has been just a little dirty. She is the ewe that lost her lamb. She appears very well and certainly lively. Could it be all the lush new grass and leaves from hedges?

Mine were wormed and fluked, on vets advice, about 4 weeks before lambing.

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 11:59:04 am »
Spring flush of grass?

Make sure they have enough minerals, I can't put my Wiltshires on grass that is too good, they just cant handle it. What breed are they?

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 12:30:36 pm »
Good grass is a common reason.
Watch for staggers - fast growing grass doesn't take up enough magnesium.....

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012, 12:47:27 pm »
is it wet grass?  if so, try putting out some hay so that they have some dry matter to pick at.

shrekfeet

  • Joined Sep 2008
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2012, 04:44:58 pm »
thanks all, they did have a lamb & ewe lick (red bucket) up until a couple of weeks ago but I thought they no longer needed it. I have not had this problem in the past and the grass is no different than in previous years. If it was a lush grass issue I'd expect to see them all affected. Any other ideas?

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2012, 06:27:47 pm »
You don't say if they are loosing condition , or what age  cocci ? fluke ?  mineral deficiancy ?

Fishyhaddock

  • Joined Apr 2009
  • aberdeenshire
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012, 12:16:43 pm »
My wiltshires, 2 wethers and one shearling, are the same so read this thread with interest. Dirty bottoms, no worms. Will try a tub lick to see if that helps.

Pedwardine

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Lincolnshire
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 12:39:07 pm »
Have you tried a conditioning drench (it's like a Yakult for sheep!). Had a ewe post lambing with the runniest bum. Her babies were getting covered in it  :P Gave her some of this stuff and next day nice normal chocolate raisins again ;D

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 01:49:42 pm »
My wiltshires, 2 wethers and one shearling, are the same so read this thread with interest. Dirty bottoms, no worms. Will try a tub lick to see if that helps.

Grass is probably too good for Wilts Horns if the weather we've been having down here is anything to go by. Try giving a mineral block - nothing with added energy in the form of oil/molasses. I feel odd saying it, but what I could do with for my Wilts is some truly rubbish summer grazing....

shrekfeet

  • Joined Sep 2008
Re: if it's not worms then what is it?
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012, 01:50:08 pm »
what was the name of the conditioning drench you used?
These are ewes, greater than 4 years but full mouthed and a wether

 

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