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In Reply to: Re: how to disenfect wood? posted by Helene on November 17, 2001 at 11:05:09:
Thanks guys! Alot of good ideas. I did have one pen painted.. well.. some of the paint was dinned on already, but I'm sure a second coat wouldn't hurt. You can tell when rainy days became just a little too boring :-) I usually steal the clorox from the washroom to bring to the barn, especially during milking season to disenfect all those bottles and mail pails. (although I do give into the dollar store's version on ocassion, especially after another $80 farm call!) One neat thing that was given to me was a foam lysol form - it comes in an aresol can and makes a foam on contact with whatever you're trying to disenfect. I'd use it on my pen walls and floors before leaving them vacant, or before adding bedding for a new animal. It smelled nice, and seemed to reduce those "pee-odor-spots" if you know what I mean. I can look up and see exactly what the can's name is, but some kind of hospital grade foaming lysol aresol. :-)
I'd burn my pastures and the huge pile of dead brush if I could, but I am not lucky enough to own the farm that my animals reside on. Hell, I'm lucky enough to have my 101 critters on this place. I appease the renters every turkey day with a nice freshy grown turkey, and the goats did a good brush cleaning job which helps. I know that burning does a great job on those left over dried up plants and weeds, and really does add nutrients to the soil. I'll keep this in mind when I have my own place someday.
And I know what you mean about "at home child syndrome" - my buck never goes to shows.. but the rest of the herd does. They come back healthy, but guess who gets sick first? Yep, Mr. Smelly himself. Usually by the last show, my animals have come up with some respiratory illness that is a result from stress, a late season clipping job and wacky weather. I just wish there was some way to prevent this. Where I work, they reduced Pnenomonia (sp) in lambs by using the cattle intranasal vaccine - TSV2. We squirt 1/2 a cattle dose in the nostrils and they almost havn't seen once case since. It was suggested to me to try this on the goats before the show. If I do try this out this year, I'll let everyone know how it works out. You hear contriversy on both sides, but if it can prevent those lovely snots, I'd be willing to give it a try!
Sorry for being so long winded. Too much pepsi at 12am :-)
-Nat's Little Bit
p.s. I tried some corn silage tonight.. hehe.. Should have heard the goats snort "what do you think we are COWS?" lol.. hehe... The only animals that tried to eat it was one of our horses. And of course, if the turkeys wern't cooling in the fridge, they woulda tried too! and I thought goats would have enjoyed silage.. hmmmm. Sometiems I wonder if we don't spoil them too much! NAh..
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