Today we finished the spring sheep maintenance. Last week we did 11 sheep, and I almost could not walk after that. Today we did 14 sheep. Spring maintenance involves trimming and treating hooves, checking condition (skinniness, conjunctiva color and fleece quality), giving copper supplements, and injecting CDT shots. Here is the equipment needed.
We are using the leg stanchion technique. Lady Madonna is demonstrating it.
I got on the ground and trimmed the hooves, treated them with Desitin, checked their condition and gave their shots. Tom caught them, held them in the leg stanchion and gave the copper boluses. We have struggled with these boluses in the past because the capsules for 3 grams of copper oxide are too small for our bolus guns. So this year I made the small capsules but then put them inside large gelatin capsules that fit in our gun. It worked well.
There were no surprises this year. The hooves for the most part were better than expected. Their body condition was as expected, and the conjunctiva color was all good. The fleeces were as expected as well. Now we are gearing up for shearing next week.