Sadly, it was as I thought - poor Barry Norton has a hernia! My vet wasn't on duty today so the one who came is going to consult with him tomorrow on the best way forward and we are going to try to avoid surgery. When we weighed him yesterday I was worried as he had barely put on anything in three days - still lively but something obviously was not right. I looked at Belinda's udder and she had a sore on it and appeared not to be keen to let Barry fed so I was going to consult the vet on that anyway but I checked Barry over and noticed a squashy lump around his navel. It didn't look like an infection and as soon as I read the words - umbilical hernia - on Debbie at Barnacre's blog, I thought that is it. Sadly, the vet didn't think there was much we could do about Belinda's udder as putting anything on it would cause more of a feeding problem. I have fly sprayed her tail and legs and will just have to monitor Barry's weight closely. I presented the vet with a bag of fecal samples and she gave me several doses of oxytocin to try on Bert when she produces - we don't think it will work as it will only help the milk down if there is some there in the first place and I am not sure if there is. I then dug the frozen goo I found in the field out of the freezer which the vet had a good play with once it had defrosted - it's like fun putty! She said it looked very healthy so not to worry.
Sam has been in a bit of a daft mood tonight. His helping seems to involve a lot of roaring around on his quad forgetting everything I have asked him to do - it will all end in tears!
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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