For those that want to supernourish those third trimester does (or bucks that may be a bit thin from being in rut and then going into winter) take a look at our Better Daze tm herb mix. (Click here) It makes a wonderful prenatal and is also great for young stock (just stir into their bottle or lambar), milking stock and senior stock (see our blog for a small story with pics shared with us this past week on a nubian www.firmeadowllc.com/blog ). This product is also very popular with pregnant bitches and lactating bitches, as well as added to puppie's supplemental feedings. Just mix right into wet food.
Prepare tm (Click here) is used to help a doe’s body get ready for the event of parturition. It provides the body the fuel it needs to properly sequence the correct amount of hormones as well as tone the uterine muscles etc. Combined with an appropriate diet and exercise this enables your doe to be much more likely to have a successful kidding.
Don't forget that your doe’s immune (Click Here) systems lower in efficiency for approximately two weeks before kidding through two weeks after (yes for an entire month!). Adding MMune TM herb mix will help her compensate for that challenge. see the products section on our website - then look for herb mixes.
Also, due to lowered immunity it is a very good time to be sure that you are up to date on your parasite program. We like to use our DWorm A TM (Click here) - which can be fed right through pregnancy, while in lactation and even to four day old kids (I start mine on it as soon as we move them out to the barn- as they are tasting things already picking up worm eggs). This product helps their bodies to break down worm eggs in the GI tract, helps their body attack internal parasites including tapeworms, helps the body to oxygenate the placenta, helps the body counter toxins ingested (moldy hay or feed or plants), and helps support the body in mycoplasma invasions. Some additional information and stories can be read on our blog about DWorm A. Available in 8 ounce, 16 ounce and 8 pound sizes. Remember that many animals are reinfecting themselves DAILY from their pastures and facilities and that those parasites ingested are mature egg laying adults in an average of just 21 days. You want to break that cycle more than just every few weeks or months if cleaning your environment from new contamination and not allowing parasites to age to the point of damaging their host (your goat or creature) is your goal.
Coccidia is a huge challenge for many of us. GI Soother TM (Click here) has been a best friend for many aiming to avoid or counter this problem in their herds & is also very popular with poultry and starting chicks / ducklings etc. You're already paying top dollar for feed to allow your kids to reach their fullest growth potential , don't let cocci wreck their intestinal tract. Completely natural product that doesn't toxify your precious kids but helps them to also be more efficient with their feed! We start it in lambars on our farm again as soon as we put them in the barn (usually 4 or 5 days old for us) to help their bodies start catching oocysts (eggs) before they even hatch. Remember, by the time you see parasite or coccidia symptoms there is already intestinal damage! Also available in 8 ounce, 16 ounce and 8 lb sizes. Any of these products that you mix in lambars usually will have a bit left over in the bottom of the bucket after feeding. No problem. Just share it with your poultry or your dogs for their care :).
Ewe-Ter-N TM (click here) helps support your doe (bitch, mare, etc) to encourage well timed efficient contractions including good delivery of the placenta. If given several hours before kidding (birthing) it enables your doe or creature to have a better chance of getting the kids into proper position. It's also helpful for the 'single buck kid' in a first freshener issue. It's also given at birthing time. It does not force them to birth, but works with their body to be more efficient.
Nav-All TM (Click here) tincture is an all natural naval dip to be used at birth (or as soon as you discover the birth!). Just dip the naval to encourage it's natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, heart, lung, brain enhancing properties. Nourish those babies with life giving nutrients rather than using toxic iodine (read the label!). Remember whatever you put on the naval DOES go into your kids' bloodstream. My Boer goat & sheep customers LOVE this product as it enables the kids & lambs to be up and nursing sooner meaning they get to go back into their warm house sooner!!!
Lavender (Click here) and eucalyptus (click here) essential oils are very valuable to have around during kidding season (read more in my book) and beyond. Also available on our website.
Cayenne powder (click here) and cayenne tincture (click here) are invaluable during kidding emergencies. I've used them on hemorrhaging does, shocky does, just born kids with no heartbeat (twice), bleeding navals, and the powder sprinkled on the nose of your just born kids will elicit a nice strong sneeze helping them to clear their breathing passages. Medicinal grade of both are also on our website.
We also carry drenching syringes (click here), lambar nipples (click here) and weak kid (great for infusing the uterus) syringes (Click here) as well as a full line of udder wellness products (Udder Blast TM infusion, MammarEaze TM and GlandAide TM Salves (click here), HerBiotic TM herb mix, extract, salves (HerBiotic TM (click here) for support in bacterial, viral, fungal, external parasite, microbial issues).
For those that would like 'me' coaching them in the barn- there is a WHOLE Chapter on birthing livestock including dealing with dystocia's (malpresentations) in my book. There is also a whole chapter on working with milking stock, one on raising young stock, one on parasites and so much more in over 500 pages! Written textbook style so don't miss the foundational chapters in the front of the book- including the chapter on how to know how to dose and how to give your herbs. For those that like to garden there's also a whole chapter on making a livestock herb garden. The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal is also on our site- the only place to purchase signed copies J .(CLICK HERE)
HAPPY AND BLESSED KIDDING ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!
Katherine MH, CR, CA, CEIT, DipHIr, QTP has extensive alternative training in Vitalistic (cause oriented) wellness,including a Master's Degree in Herbology and has a heart to share with you so that you, your family and your creatures may achieve abundant wellness.