Saturday, February 24, 2018
Bummies and first calf born...
I brought three lambs in to the mudroom for a warm-up, and as you can see, Heidi was willing to lick them off and tend to them. Like most ranch dogs, she likes the smell of the wet sheep and the poop smell, so she was very accepting of them being in her space.
Heidi has been a little bit lame in her left foot for the last couple days. Upon inspection, I noticed that the pads of her paw have some cracks. I'm thinking that is why she is carrying that paw because I don't see any other reason. The cold and snow must be taking a toll on her feet. So I got out the good old Corona Ointment from the cupboard and have been greasing her paw pads generously day and night. I think it's helping. My old tube of Corona Ointment has 50% lanolin, but the new Corona has only 30%. Upon further research, I found another lanolin product that is said to be just like the original Corona with 50% lanolin along with beeswax for skin protection. It's called Lantiseptic. I'm going to order a tube of it to try out and compare with my old tube of Corona ointment. If you ever need to attend to cracked pet paws or human paws, Corona (or Lantiseptic) is an amazing balm. We've used it for over 35 years on cracked udders and for chapped skin and burn issues in our livestock, and we've used it on our own chapped, cracked hands and feet. You can even use it on diaper rash. Good stuff.
The snow is still deep and almost every night our temperatures have sunk into the sub-zero numbers. It's like there is so much snow that it just can't warm up much, but we are seeing signs of a little change. The last couple of days we got up to about 25* for highs with sun, and sunshine feels so good to us and to sheep. Grandpa J. says we're getting tough since we think its warm on a day that gets above 15*. We are hopeful there will be warmer days coming.
The first calf was born today! It's a couple weeks early, but healthy. The heifers are in close to the barn and look ready to have their babies soon.
Back to the barn I go. It's chore time!