Have a Good Weekend!

Just popping in to say we’re going away for the weekend so I may or may not be around for the next few days. We’re taking the laptop so we’ll see if I use it much. In an effort to sleep better and quit stressing out so much I’ve left the computer in the kitchen the last few days instead of taking it to bed with me. I’ve been enjoying a few good books and trying to give myself a couple hours each evening where I say enough is enough and just sit down. I’m trying really hard to get 8-9 good hours of sleep in. So far, so good.

A few quick updates:
-Of the 12 eggs that went into lockdown 10 hatched so we have some fuzzy new additions! πŸ™‚
-I left work on Monday and took 3 dead lambs down to Michigan State University for necropsies. I don’t know if I mentioned it here but we’ve had 3 ewes lamb so far and out of 7 babies 1 is alive and flourishing. So far we don’t have any lab results back yet. The gross exam didn’t show much except a possibility of toxoplasmosis. That is passed by cats in their stool and is the reason pregnant women shouldn’t clean litter boxes. We’re still not sure and it would really be a kick in the pants if that’s what’s wrong since we don’t even HAVE barn cats. The exams also confirmed that the last twins born did breathe before they died so they weren’t stillborn. I’m not sure if that’s good, it makes me feel worse I think.
-We still have the stray dogs. It’s going to be harder to get rid of them the longer we have them but I honestly don’t know who’s going to take them. I’m taking the male to work tomorrow for a recheck on his face wound and we might neuter him if we have to put him under to clear off the dead skin. We’ll see!

I’ll catch up with you all soon, have a good one! πŸ™‚


6 thoughts on “Have a Good Weekend!

  1. Farmer's Daughter

    I’m very much against electronics in the bedroom. When I said that to a colleague recently she pointed at my belly and said “obviously.” Haha! I never take my computer to bed and we don’t have a TV there either. Ed’s sleepwalking antics are enough for me!

    Have a nice time away and I hope you guys get some definitive news on the lambs that you can learn from.

  2. Angie

    Hi Jena,

    Again, (is this the 3rd time?) I’m with Farmer’s Daughter – no electronics in the bedroom for us either. (Except, I’m not pregnant!) πŸ™‚

    Sorry to hear about the lambs. I need to read up on toxoplasmosis – I think I knew that goats can get it, I didn’t remember that sheep could. Would they have gotten it from barn cats (that you don’t have – so from a former barn) or is there another means of transmission (other than ewe to lamb)?

    1. marriedtothefarm Post author

      My understanding is that it is passed via fecal to oral transmission meaning the cats would have to defecate in the sheep’s food supply. Having barn cats isn’t discouraged so much as having a good way to keep them from using the food as a litterbox. In our case the only possibility I could fathom was that we did see one stray cat in our storage shed last year and she was hiding in some oat round bales. We did put one of those bales in the sheep pen this winter for feed/bedding. Other than that we have never seen any sign of a cat in our new barn (pretty easy to tell in the snow) and we feed square bales so it would be unlikely that we tossed in much of any fecal matter since we handle each flake ourselves.
      Since cats and sheep coexist on many farms it seems that the incidence of it causing abortion is certainly not indefinite. It is simply one thing they look for in such cases. Hope this helps!


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