Once a year I call the vet and have her come out and look over my small herd. This is why it pays to find a vet who will come to your pasture and see your livestocks - when she finished I wrote a check for $101.80. I think I got the better end of the deal. I have peace of mind knowing these lamb I bought are healthy and thriving. I know my little bucklings are growing at the proper rate. She relieved my fears out breeding the sheep and raising the ram for market. She assured me that following my gut instinct (the same as I did for my goats) is the right thing to do for these lambs. She came at lunch today and checked everyone over head to toe. Vaccinations she gave for the lambs and bucklings - Bar Vac CD&T for 5 Dectomax for 5 I purchased the meds for boosters and follow up vaccinations for the entire herd 1 bottle Bar Vac CD&T w/syringes 2 bottles Rabies vaccine w/syringes 100cc bottle Dectomax injectable for worming for all lambs if needed in 2 months My large goats have never been dewormed and there is no sign of worms in them now. The lambs were wormed last week and she agrees that worming them every single month can be a bit much and to do a fecal in 2 months and only worm them then if something is found. We were going to dock the tails on the ewes today but she said after looking at them that docking the tails now would be really bad. With the heat moving in and the flies starting to swarm in the humidity that docking the tails would probably cause more problems than preventing them. As long as we pay attention to them we shouldn't have to dock them. If we see there is an issue she will do it this fall when cool weather comes in. Not as easy as lambs but still do-able. She had never seen a blue orp before and was mightily impressed by Mosby. The broody hen tickled her with those 2 little red heads peeking out. She liked the ducks and the geese and the rabbits. She left with 3 dozen eggs. Find a vet. Befriend your vet. Be kind to your vet. They are your best friend when it comes to your livestock.