Saturday, September 24, 2011

Broken Leg Update

Cleaopatra, the doe with the broken back leg, is doing very well. It's been 3 1/2 weeks since the break, and I have been meaning to change the splint for about a week and a half, but. . . it didn't happen till now ;). Anyway, I took the old splint off and it looked great. Her leg/hoof wasn't really wet or dirty at all. As far as the break goes, it seems to be healing a tad bit crooked, but only time will tell with that - I could barely tell now, it could just be the way she was holding it up.

So I re-splinted it. This time since I was a tad bit concerned about it healing a bit bent to the back, I put 3 sticks on her leg - one on the back, and one on each side. Probably should have done that with the first splint, but I think it'll be okay.

Everything else on the ranch is going well also! The picture below is Tic-Tac. If you don't remember him, he is the tiny kid that was born back in April weighing only 2 lbs. He is doing very well. . . still pretty small in size but is thriving and certainly not malnourished. . .

. . . especially if he's fed beautiful hay like this! :)

Last night we came home with 4 little girl kittens. . . awww. . .

And of course there are always new cows coming in and out of this place. As of today, we have 1 holstein heifer and 3 angus heifer calves.

Have a great weekend!!


Monday, September 19, 2011

cattle, goats, and JitterBug

THings have been going pretty well here on the ranch. I finally have a few does bred ;).

Last week we added 5 heifers to the ranch. If anyone is looking to add one to their herd, let us know - we have several available!

I got this Longhorn heifer. . . she's a little thin, but is healthy and should gain some weight no problem.

We still have several goats available. Some nice purebred LaMancha bucklings, various doe kids and many adult does for sale. We need to slim the herd down some.

Speaking of slimming the herd down, ummm. . . we added another doe to the herd, LOL. We let someone use our livestock trailer, and so in exchange they gave us a beautiful Sable Saanen yearling. She is currently in milk, but not giving a whole lot (long story :)). But, her name is JitterBug and she is a very friendly lil' thing. She learned how to jump onto the dog house, and then onto the shed to eat the leaves of the trees.

And Tisha saw her up there and figured she should try it too. . .

So after getting both of them down, I moved the doghouse far away so they couldn't get up there again - don't want anymore broken goat legs :)!

Speaking of broken legs, the doe, Cleopatra, who broke her back leg is doing well. She is starting to put some weight on her leg, believe it or not. It's been 2 1/2 weeks now and it's time to take the splint off and redo it. I plan to do that soon. . . just finding the time and help is the problem ;).

Have a great day!


Monday, September 12, 2011

The joys of breeding goats

Here it is September, and we have no does bred. Well, last week 2 or 3 does got bred but of course, they are already sold to someone else. 
Typically we would have at least a good handful of does bred, and at least a month along in gestation. But we have none. The bucks did not come into rut until a few weeks ago, and does have been coming in very lightly, if at all. 
There are a few things it could be - 1) the very hot summer we had threw things off; or 2) the herd has some kind of deficiency. As a whole, the herd is in great condition, very healthy, coats are soft and slick, eyelids are good, their diet is the same as it has been for a few years now. 
So, I have been researching and there are 2 deficiencies I keep coming across that relate to reproductive health. That is Vitamin A and Zinc. Both play a key role in reproduction. Another thought would be selenium deficiency, their mineral is very high in it, though they could need more I suppose.

BUT, if the herd is deficient, how did they get deficient and why would they be deficient? Right now I do not have the answer to that. Dry does and bucks get fed high quality green alfalfa hay and have access to browse and forage. Milkers get that same diet, except with 2-3 lbs (total) of 14% grain on the milk stand. They also get Onyx Cattle Mineral, and get copper bolused every 3-5 months.
This morning we put Apple Cider Vinegar in their waters to help bring them into heat. Maybe it's just a fluke and they'll all come in at once soon here. . . I hope.

I plan to keep you all updated.


p.s. - any input would be very welcomed.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day Photos

Just a few pictures from our Labor Day! Besides normal morning and evening chores, we just relaxed and had a good day at my Grandma's house. I got home really late for milking (9pm), that was the latest I've milked in a loooong time but it all worked out and the goaties were fine ;).

There was lots of food. . .

I made some Cheeseballs for the party. The base was the simple ricotta cheese (brought to 180 degrees and made with AC vinegar), then I blended in crushed pineapple, apple, and sweetened coconut. After freezing it, I rolled it into small balls and rolled the balls in either sweetened coconut flakes, crushed nuts or chocolate chips (didn't get a pic of the chocolate chip ones... they were the best ;). They turned out yummy!

It was such a beautiful day out, and it has been the past couple days also. Definitely enjoying this break from the heat. On Labor Day though we played several rounds of volleyball. . . it was fun! Haven't really played much ever so it was good practice :). Now that we have a net maybe we can play more often.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Splinting a Broken (Back) Leg

Last Thursday I was at a cattle sale, and got a phone call from my family at home saying there was a goat with a broken back leg. They had carried her to a stall with water and hay. She was eating and acting very well for how bad the break was. I have no idea how she broke her leg, really no idea. This doe is an 18 month old Alpine/Nubian doe. She is one of the ones who's horns we banded successfully. She is a very, very big, healthy doe.

So I got home, and this is what I found. Can anyone say OUCH!?!! It was completely free-swinging, complete break. No skin was broken though.

So since it was really late and I had no energy to completely splint her leg, we wrapped it in a bunch of cotton and vet wrap just to stabilize it for the night. I also gave her some Banamine for swelling.

The next day, we unwrapped it and splinted the leg. First we wrapped it in lots of cotton, then put 2 school-type rulers on each side. 

Next we wrapped all that in vet wrap.

I also placed the lid from a vitamin bottle on the bottom of her hoof to help keep dirt out, and keep the splint in place.

After putting some tape on to help hold things in place, we were all done! During the whole thing she just ate her grain and did amazing for us moving around her broken leg. . . although we were gentle, I'm sure it would hurt bad (although I've never had a broken bone in my life, so I personally wouldn't know and would rather it stay that way, LOL).

I started her on a round of antibiotics (Pro-Pen-G Penicillin) and for the first 2 days I gave her Banamine to help keep the swelling down. So far, so good. She is getting around VERY well on 3 legs, and seems to be doing fine. I will try to keep you all updated on her!

Hope you all had an awesome Labor Day weekend!! I certainly did. . . more on that and pics hopefully later ;).