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piggy

  • Joined Oct 2008
Flystrike
« on: June 22, 2010, 09:48:21 pm »
I feel awful noticed today my ram lamb had flystrike,called vet straight away and was very impressed as he was here within half an hour,luckly it was just him and the other 4 lambs were ok,feel awful as he must of had it for a day but hadnt noticed,vet has treated all of them with crovect and jabbed with lambivac,fingers crossed he will be ok.

salopian

  • Joined May 2010
  • south shrops
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 10:04:00 pm »
you did well one day is good we had a tup last month with a few maggots sheared and treated now , i play rugby with a few hill farmers who tell me of some real horror stories

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 10:22:05 pm »
It is good that you caught him fairly quickly, some flighty ewes of mine are very difficult to catch, even with flystrike... So then have to get the WHOLE flock in just to treat one...

If you get a small bottle of crovect then you could also treat this yourself, must be quite expensive to get the vet out. I use a spray from the vets, just spray it over the area as you scrape the maggots off, they die very quickly. then dagg the area, and another spray. Works very well (use disposable gloves).

piggy

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010, 10:50:22 pm »
Vet was very good he sheared all the lambs around the back end before he sprayed them and has left me with the bottle of crovect to do again in 4 weeks.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010, 01:17:41 am »
Hi Piggy.  Not only can you treat flystrike yourself if it happens but you can, and should, also prevent it. Flies start appearing as soon as the weather becomes warm and humid - flies and potato blight like the same conditions.  Spray lambs in mid-May, or earlier in the south, ewes at shearing or a couple of weeks later if bare-shorn, then every six weeks until late September.  Another product you can use is Clik which you only apply once, but it is rather nastier to the environment. It's better to prevent fly strike rather than just hoping it doesn't happen, because it's grim when it does - it only takes the maggots a few days to grow from the tiny things you would have seen on your ram lamb to seething, greedy monsters which eat the flesh from your sheep and eventually kill them. I have seen some of those horror stories just over my march fence.  Lucky you noticed so soon.
Make sure that if your lambs scour they are treated immediately, their back ends are cleaned up and they are given a top-up of Crovect.
Hope he's ok now and I'm glad he wasn't fat, just sunbatheing  :)
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Shnoowie

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Cornwall
    • Binty's Farm
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2010, 09:28:45 am »
I treated mine for fly strike yesterday; and it is quite costly if you only have a few sheep (I only have 5 and my two lambs aren't big enough to be done yet).
A bottle of Crovect set me back around 22 and the applicator was 29...at least I don't have to buy the applicator again! Its very easy to use!
Well done for catching it quickly; you may feel terrible about not having seen it before, but a lot can happen in a day!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010, 07:51:23 pm »
Or instead of the applicator at 29 you can recycle a spray bottle from the bathroom (well washed)
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2010, 09:31:21 pm »
I got my applicator free with last year's bottle of crovect... but this year couldn't get the size I needed, but can use the same gun on Vetrazin, which is the only one I could get (and big bottle best before 2013!)

If you only have a few sheep you can either try and get a bottle that has a couple fo years left or borrow from a neighbour.

welshboy

  • Joined May 2009
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2010, 08:56:04 am »
We have two late born soay lambs. One 10 days old had a blue blob on its rear end yesterday so my wife told me when I got home about 9.15pm
Went up immediately armed with jeyes,water,scissors.
Should have taken running shoes!
Eventually caught the little blighter and sure enough maggots had formed.Hundreds and hundreds of them.
Clipped and cleaned with a solution of Jeyes.
Mother now confused with the smell still looking for her baby .
Went up at first light and the lamb is ok and it suckled mum but she still seems a bit distant compared to how caring/protective she was.
Think I will put a dab of jeyes on her nose.
I thought Soays did not get maggots.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2010, 05:31:54 pm »
Where ever did you hear that myth?  Soays are sheep and are just as prone to flystrike asd any other.  In fact some also have a tendency to scour on new grass which makes them even more prone to strike.
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2010, 05:53:28 pm »
I would imagine that Jeyes fluid would sting like billy-o and is not the best product against fly strike. Such a young, primitive lamb would already be close to shock after such a lot of maggots so needs to be treated gently.  Best to use something like Crovect - carefully on such a young lamb - as it will kill the maggots present and prevent further strike, and will not be so offensive to the mother.  If you can get hold of the mother and milk out a small amount of milk then dab it on the lamb's head and rump, she will again recognise it as her own - this will be less stressful and damaging than putting Jeyes fluid on her face.  Well done though for dealing with it so promptly or you would have had a dead lamb.
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2010, 06:40:33 pm »
We had one with it two weeks ago out of 40 odd ewew, we trimmed her up and put a nettex flystrike spray on it.   Crovected  all of them at the beginning of June, so barring that one ewe, they were clean. 

welshboy

  • Joined May 2009
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2010, 06:45:25 pm »
Checked - the lamb is ok and mum accepts her. The jeyes was diluted  and it was all I had to hand at 9.15pm.

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2010, 06:49:09 pm »
Hey, alls well thats good :)

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Flystrike
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2010, 11:40:18 pm »
I know, you have to use what you can in an emergency - far better than nothing.  I'm very glad the ewe accepts her lamb now  :)  It's a bit like after shearing when the lambs know they can hear their mum but all they can see is this strange skinny creature which just doesn't smell like mum - can take them a while to get back together then.  This is a bad year for flystrike with the high temps and drought.
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

 

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