You've carefully planned the breeding/s and invested considerable time and resources into improving your genetics, production and performance. You are to be HIGHLY commended! Now is a GREAT time to complement all of your time, hardwork and investment with GREAT whole herb products to help support them so that their bodies have easily accessible nutrition available so that they can try to do the best that they possibly can for birthing preparation, birthing and support. Here are my favorite products for that, having spent nearly 50 years breeding animals of many different kinds. All products have been lovingly and thoughtfully developed from lifelong livestock, pet and poultry experience combined with a Master's Degree in Herbalism ( The same education is known as a "Medical Herbalist" in Europe, Austrailia, S. Africa, etc ) and extremely high quality products.
I am limited by the F*D*A* by what I can say about herbs and we are never able to claim that herbs treat, prevent, cure or to diagnose any disease and make no claims for that. One can read reviews if they would like additional information. This is what I DO and you can too if you like.
Please combine with correct feed, clean water, proper shelter and gentle daily exercise such as walking from one end of the field to the other once a day. A 1 or 2 acre field is usually sufficient for distance. Poor management reduces the ability of herbs being able to support your creature.
PreBirth™ I like to use this product the last two weeks of pregnancy (as ascertained by their due date). It traditionally provides nutrients that the body may use to prepare itself for for birthing. Allowing the body to try to be more efficient and possibly allowing the body a more likely chance of have the baby/ies ready for a correct presentation. Not needed on or after birthing day. Any unused portion can be sealed up, added to a freezer bag and placed in the freezer to keep indefinitely. So can any of our other herb mixes. https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p453/Herb_Mix_PreBirth_Late_Pregnancy_Support_8_oz.html
Ewe-Ter-N™ is a product I start giving on the day of the birth or the day it looks like they are going to birth. I start in the morning and give every six hours. I also give at birthing if it's been over an hour since they last had it. I can give it in the middle of birthing if they are having multiples or a difficult birth. I also can give it afterwards if the afterbirth is taking longer then 20 minutes to dispel. For retained afterbirths consult my livestock book, also on my website. https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p433/Herb_Mix_Ewe-ter-N%E2%84%A2__birth_support_8_oz.html
MilkMaid™ Sends some love to those milk producing glands so important to getting a good genetic start on your young ones. Hard birth, not seeming to produce what they should be, a bigger litter then normal? This product may help them tremendously and also contains herbs traditionally used to help bodies increase the fat content of the milk- so necessary for growing brains and organs! I once used this on a doe (goat) that had aborted one month prior to bring her into milk to keep her on the milkstring.
MMune™ Did you know that approximately two weeks before birthing to about two weeks after birthing (yes a whole month!) your dam's immune system takes a big dump allowing invaders an easier time of gaining a foothold in your furry friend? I love this product for support during that time, as well as at the 2 month mark for stock when many of them are switching from their dam's antibodies to their own immune systems. I also liked it for animals traveling, moving or being exhibited. It's like a hug for the immune system :) https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p874/Herb_Mix_MMune_%28tm%29_Immune_System_Support__8_oz.html
GISoother™ And this product is like a hug for their tummy and gi tract. I like it when the body needs to support loose bowels, has malabsorption issues sometimes caused by scar tissue in the intestinal tract, for tummy pain and things like that. It allows the body to nurture your creature towards wellness. I like it for daily use with kids, lambs or anything living in a barn or small paddock where things build up. I also really really love this to start baby poultry on! Just mix it with damp feed. It helps their little bodies want to LIVE! VIVA! https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p811/GI_Soother%E2%84%A2_Digestive_System_Support_16_oz.html
Take me to the barn with you! The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal has an entire chapter of birthing animals. It also has a chapter on raising young stock and another on working with milking stock/lactations. Larger print to make reading it while in the barn easier. https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p1000/The_Accessbile_Pet%2C_Equine_and_Livestock_Herbal%2C_over_500_pages%21.html
And one last thing... But clearly not last as it is our MOST POPULAR PRODUCT!
DWA™ Is what I use for creatures (all) that are exposed to things that may come to life in their intestinal tract or other areas of the body like bloodstream, liver, lungs, etc. Remember that immune system dump? That is also a time when these types of things like to take advantage of your fur friend. And of course is wonderful for your feathered friends too. There are plenty of reviews to read on this one if one wants to. https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p818/DWA_%28tm%29__-_16_oz__supports_body_in_foreign_matter_removal%2C_Flea%2C_Tick%2C_Mosquito_Season_Support.html
Wishing you all the most amazing young stock crop ever and the ability to reach their genetic potential! Blessings, Katherine
POPULAR and PERFECT for animals that are third trimester, getting ready to birth or are birthing! A Master of Herbology with lifelong livestock, equine, pet and poultry experience behind every bag!
Third trimester we love ReBuilld(tm) Herb mix- perfect for those fast growing preborn little bodies in litters or single babies in larger livestock https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p92/Herb_Mix_ReBuilld%E2%84%A2_Tissue_%26_Bone_Support_8_oz.html
Perfect the last 15% of gestation (take the number of days that species of animal normally is pregnant and multiply that by .15 to get the number of days to feed before due) I love this on my very own mares, pacas and goats!!!!! PreBirth(tm) Support is here: https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p453/Herb_Mix_PreBirth_Late_Pregnancy_Support_8_oz.html
Ewe-Ter-N(tm) is what I give the day of birthing, starting that morning and giving every 4 - 6 hours until they birth. It won't force a birthing but will be there ready to support your doe, ewe, cow, bitch, sow, mare, female paca when they get to work. It also supports their uterine musculature so they seem to be more likely to have correct presentations. I will give more if the placenta is being delayed. LOVE THIS STUFF! https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p433/Herb_Mix_Ewe-ter-N%E2%84%A2__birth_support_8_oz.html
And for those that did have a rough birth or a slow start, are otherwise healthy but you want to support lactation quantity and quality take a look at our popular MilkMaid(tm). I even used it one year on a doe that had aborted, one month later to help her body decide to milk. https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p885/Herb_Mix_MilkMaid_%28tm%29__8_oz.html
Blessed birthings and best babies yet everyone!!!!
Here is an interview I had the opportunity to give on wellness for your favorite feline.
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Vitamin B12 sources for healthy nerves, blood cells and DNA. Just finished a Q and A in the goat journal. Which herbs/foods in the picture can you identify? Hippocrates said let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. This is a great example of that. And yes all of the macro and micro nutrients a body needs whether human or animal is available from plants. Even the ones that science hasn't discovered yet. This is one of the reasons why our whole herb product BetterDaze(tm) is so popular. www.firmeadowllc.com We also have herbs and products availbale for people on our website at a discounted price :).
Ginger root, Alfalfa, Red clover, Cayenne, Dandelion leaf/flower, Kelp, Cayenne (not for liver damaged individuals).
*Is your dam milking less than you expected for her genetics or previous records? Did she have a rough birthing start? Did she come to you with a heavy parasite load or not with the care you would want every animal to have had? Hope is on the way!
The consideration to pay attention to is parasite issues. An animal feeding parasites and being damaged by them simply can not milk their genetic potential to give their babies a shot at getting a great start on reaching their genetic potential. Parasites that hang out in the blood stream and other locations put a serious drain on your dam, reducing her ability to produce milk and often having a negative ability on milk quality and taste.
Being sure their intestines (large and small) can absorb nutrition to the best of their ability is also important. Parasites that lurk directly in the GI Tract (ones known to hemorrhage intestinal tissue and cause bloody diarrhea) as well as conditions that caused intestinal scar tissue in animals that had rough beginnings or times in their lives benefit from supporting these organs so that they are able to fully utilize the nutrition they ingest.
Also consider the dip in immunity a few weeks before through a few weeks after parturition. This is about a one month time period for small livestock, a bit less for pets, and about 6 - 8 weeks for large stock. This also makes them more susceptible to parasites as well as other conditions. We love using MMune™ for this support.
Access to fresh clean (and not chilling ice cold!) water is extremely important for milk production since milk is approximately 90 - 95% water. Also be sure there are no electrical currents coming from power cords/lines/ fencing under wet ground or bedding or in proximity to the water tank that prevents your animals from consuming the water they would like to have.
Very nutritious mineral dense foods such as alfalfa and kelp as well as access to seasalt are important to the diet of all animals: poultry, livestock and pets for optimum production. We also love using the very popular BetterDaze ™ for supporting all creatures great and small.
Being sure that there are not any other underlying wellness issues or subclinical infections from birthing is another consideration for milk production. For traditional wellness support I use HerBiotic ™ in our herds.
Having addressed all of those items-and knowing that your animal is other healthy brings us to using the product we abosolutely love for lactation support: MilkMaid™ to give those hardworking lactating dams what their body needs so that it can produce their best quantity AND best quality of milk possible for that superior next generation that you bred for. https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p885/Herb_Mix_MilkMaid_%28tm%29__8_oz.html
Other products at www.firmeadowllc.com to consider under products & herb mixes are:
Better Daze™ https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p418/Herb_Mix_BetterDaze%E2%84%A2__8_oz.html
HerBiotic ™ https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p812/Herb_Mix_HerBiotic%E2%84%A2_Wellness_Support_4_oz.html
Wishing you blessings multiplied, happy milkers and happy babies to you and your farm!
*The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any of these statements and they are not intended to cure, prevent, treat or diagnose any disease.
Thank you! We're new to dairy goats, have been reading your book (love it! Watching for more books too) and are on our way to raising our small herd naturally. Thank you very much for all the educational material you have out and continue to offer. CL in Pennsylvania
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Here are some natural, whole herb, thoughtfully build and popular products to help you support your dogs or other animals in dealing with this and other parasite issues.
For my creatures I would want to give DWormA(tm) to them every two hours the first day (waking hours) double dosed from regular label dose. Then 4x a day for 2 days and then 3 x a day for 3 days. If possible fast your animal on the first day. Do not fast them if they are pregnant or very weak. It can also be used with any nonsymptomatic animals. Since the three month the life cycle is so long on whips, they can have them for a long time before they shed any eggs to catch in a fecal. They also tend to be tricky to catch by fecal since they reside way down in the Cecum (between the small intestine and the ascending colon). The herbs will not harm any dog or animal that doesn't need it, but rather will nourish them. Then consider anywhere from giving it once a day for two times a week, to 6 out of 7 days each week if you want to feed it that often you can. Their eggs can stay in the environment for years including through heavy freezes so once you find your animals have had these it's very important to stay on a regular program. Clean what you can in their environment. This product also helps the body deal with any possible hemorrhaging that could be caused by that parasitic load.
Other considerations include their interior intestinal environment that allows parasites to flourish. I would use BetterBowels(tm) on non livestock animals if I ran into that problem. Livestock don't usually need this due to the large amounts of roughage that they eat. Start the bowel product the second week after beginning the DWorm A. Try not to give them at the same time. Dogs that are on processed food (kibble) or cooked food and /or those that strain to defecate are more susceptible to parasites than those that are raised raw food (assuming there is a large quantity of raw fruit and vegetables in that raw diet). Lightly steamed is fine.
BetterDaze(tm) herb mix will give their bodies what they need to supernourish the blood and cells that the parasites have stripped. It will also provide what their body needs to rebuild iron in the bloodstream, safely helping the body to recover itself from an anemia issues and do so naturally.
MMune(tm) herb mix can be used to support any animals dealing with immunity issues which also makes them more susceptible to parasites. Animals near birthing (about ten percent of their gestation before they birth and ten percent afterwards will naturally have reduced immune system function that parasites like to take advantage of and of course having parasites compromises immunity of the host.
All of these products can be found under products and then herb mixes at www.firmeadowllc.com where we offer hope to those facing challenges with their human and animal families!