Sunday, we went out and caught up the flock for de-worming. The ewes who we exposed to rams were not treated. I plan on de-worming them in the jug with Valbazan.
All rams were caught and condition scored. All are in good flesh and healthy looking, and eye membranes are nice and deep red. Good! They were double dosed with Valbazan. Same with the ewe lambs and open ewes. We'll hit the same group again in a few months.
My vet has recemmended I do a preemptive strike on coccidiosis this year, instead of treating individual sheep as they show symtoms over the summer. I haven't decided which route I'm going to take yet, if I'll start treating the water with Corid, or use a feed with a coccidiostat in it. This should knock down the coccidia levels in the sheep, so fewer oocysts in the pasture to be digested by weaner lambs.
Got a few months to figure that out, anyway.
I'm going to have the pastures fertilized in a few months, and try to get a jump start on hand spraying the invasive horse nettle out there before April. I'm savoring the days of early darkness, I know I'm gonna have a very busy spring (arn't we all?)
I'm starting to get excited about lambing already. My friend Denise just had her first goat kids of the year, and seeing those tiny spotted cuties got my blood pumping for lamby-pies.