Ram With the runs

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by Siryet, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. Siryet

    Siryet In Remembrance

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    Our St Croix Ram (2yrs of age) had a case of the runs, black in color, and we took a stool sample to our vet and he said no worms or parasites. We isolated the ram and in 4 days of eating hay and a little grain, his problem went away.
    We finally put him back in the pasture with all the other sheep and in a day he had the black runs again, so we now have him isolated again.

    Question? could he just be eating so much pasture green grass, and this is causing the situation?

    He is the only one with this problem. He is totally acting healthy otherwise. Do you think we should cull him and freezer him?

    Thank you
     
  2. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Why don't you try keeping him on hay in the morning before letting him out on the fresh green grass? One year I had to let my sheep on the fresh lovely lawn only ten minutes at a time for several days, then increased it as they began to eat less.
     

  3. ONThorsegirl

    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

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    It is probably just the green grass. Our Ram also has that problem when they first get out on pasture. They just seem to eat so much at one time that it hurts their system, with in a day or two they are normal back to normal.

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  4. kesoaps

    kesoaps Well-Known Member

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    Limit his pasture intake until he get's used to it. You'd have the runs too if you were given such a rich food to gorge yourself on all day :)