Is ribticklingly a word? If not it should be. I will use it gratuitously in future, ribticklingly good.
Anyway the title refers to some pasture analysis that we have recently had done. Ooh err get me sounding like a proper farmer!
Pasture analyis? Why? I hear you all exclaim in unison! Well let me explain.
We have had a few minor ailments amongst the herd over the past couple of years, nothing major, mainly a bit of lethargy here and there, an upset tummy, an unexplained bald nose etc etc.
How were we to know that? I hear you squeak with deep concern
We have ruled out just about everything and all that was left was a possibility that there may be some sort of mineral deficiency in the pasture. So I phoned up a man who works for a company that does this sort of thing and supplies pasture/soil treatments to farmers, big farmers. After a chat with this very nice man he agreed to send off samples of our grass for analysis. He sent me a pre-paid envelope and I sent off a bag of grass collected from several areas of the field. The results came back and the man phoned me. I don't quite understand how or why but the test was carried out free of charge.
How is that I hear you shout? I don't know, as I've just said. But how cool is that, absolutely free! What a very nice man!
Anyway the upshot was that we have a Selenium deficiency in the grass. A couple of other minerals were also low and we had high levels of something that I have never heard of and can't remember. In fact I couldn't even pronounce it. Sue being a medical operative had and ridiculed me to the point of tears several times, openly laughing at my ignorance.
She never did, did she? I hear you question incredulously. Ok maybe not, but she could have done.
So what did we do next? I hear you all bellow impatiently?
Well here's what. We drenched the herd with a Camelid specific mineral drench.
NO! Yes we did, drenched the lot of them. Some of them didn't like that at all.
A few weeks later, Louise, our lovely vet came and took blood from five randomly selected members of the mighty Patou.
Why? Why did she do that? I hear you splutter exasperatedly?
Well, here's why.
Louise then sent the blood samples off for mineral analysis to see what their levels were now after the drench. That way we could see if the drench was sufficient to correct the mineral imbalance in their diet or if we needed to do more.
What more could you do, you seem to have done everything and more? I hear you sigh whilst slowly shaking your heads.
Ooooh what were the results of the blood tests? I hear you question embarrassingly (you had forgotten hadn't you?)
Well the results showed that the herd was still deficient in Selenium.
Ooooh!!!!!!!!! I hear you gasp!
What now? You shout!
Well here's what. We gave the mighty Patou herd an injection of something containing lots of Selenium, that's what we did.
Stunned silence from you I think..........what are you waiting for?
Well what now of the health of the mighty Patou herd? I hear you clamour with open arms and hope in your hearts.
Don't really know actually we are still pondering our next move. Camelibra again? Selenium jabs (my preferred option because we know they will all get enough) or something else. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime here is a picture of some kittens.
Belle (now seemingly fully recovered) and her brother Sebastian, a right pair of little terrors!
Apologies for tonights drivel, odd mood, very odd indeed!