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scooterhead    Posted 07-24-2002 at 03:37:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
EIEIO , did ya figger out what went wrong with your sheep ??? Seen ya had a swine on the lose , they never run in the right direction and if they can get there nose under it there gone . I had cows out last night but a bale of hay on the tailgate and callin to`em they followed me back where they was spose to be . Pasture is gettin dry so I cant blame`em . Aint hurt to bad here yet but it`s lookin bad at the other place . Have a hay field down there that I baled first of june and it aint but 6-8 in. tall , may let`em have it .

Dennis    Posted 07-24-2002 at 05:18:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
And with all that EIEIO still hasn't smoked.
I am soooooooooooo proud of her.
Hope all the rest of you are doing as well.
I know it is probably the hardest thing in one's life to do but take it from me you will be glad you did.

EIEIO    Posted 07-24-2002 at 04:06:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never did figure it out - never did realize so many things could go wrong with a sheep. The other sheep are just fine, I checked their breathing for pneumonia and everything sounded fine. They will be ready to go to the butcher next month so I guess we will just watch them real close. Dennis and I feel caught between a rock and a hard place, people advise getting a vet to figure out the problem but when you are on a fixed income you have to think twice. If we raised sheep for profit than I know we would do it otherwise. I really don't know if this is right or wrong but we have to do what we can.

As far as that swine goes, we did figure out one thing, after an hour of cussing not only the pig but each other, when they are ready to go back they just go back. Gee what a concept. I swear I still smell like a pig and I just about scrubbed my skin off last night. I can't believe that at the age of sixty I was outside chasing a crazy pig, I did get a rope around his neck but it kept coming off - need to get a better setup for that. I looked like those kids in the rodeo chasing pigs. Except for the rope burns, a few bruises, and aching muscles I felt fine this morning.

In extending their pen we also found out that they are over a spring. We kept wondering where all the water in their mud hole was coming from until we started punching holes and one hole just kept filling up with water. Come to find out there are underwater springs all over this area.

I am still having fun though. I just don't know how you guys can do all the chores that needs to get done and survive. I thought farmers worked hard - no way - they slave. I really think all these government officials should work a farm in July for one month and than recheck their taxing system that is if they are still alive.

WOW - I am really long-winded this morning - sorry about that.


Ivey    Posted 07-24-2002 at 06:31:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
EIEIO: To hold a pig with a rope, put a loop w/ a slipknot around the BODY, behind the front legs, then a half-hitch over the head.

bill b va    Posted 07-24-2002 at 05:05:28       [Reply]  [No Email]

E.... you need one of those hog handling rigs . a piece of pipe about 6 ft long with a cable throuh it with a loop you put over the pigs snout . he will follow you then . i once saw a man hold 400 lb boar hog in a pen once with one while the boar was castrated

EIEIO-Thanks    Posted 07-24-2002 at 05:10:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Going to look for one of the babies on the net so that I can see what they are. I always like to know what I need before I go into the Co-Op. I try to "APPEAR", like a pro. LOL

kraig WY    Posted 07-24-2002 at 20:35:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't need to find one on the net. Just get a long (4-6 foot) half inch pipe and run a double lenth of 1/4 braded wire (like cable wire) through the pipe so you have a loop at one end and after the loops over the intended porker pull it tight out the other end of the pipe like city dog catchers.

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