Lambing Time

Lambing time on the farm is a shepherds busiest period. The main lambing season falls between January and April and on many farms lambing takes place outdoors. We have a full range of lambing products available.

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Hopefully all breeding ewes will be on a Heptavac P Plus system or similar, where they receive a yearly booster injection of Heptavac P Plus 6 weeks before lambing. This vaccination will give passive immunity to lambs through colostrum (first milk). Ewes can also be treated with a copper supplement such as Swaycop which will help prevent swayback in their lambs.

Ewe should be fed concentrates and high energy buckets throughout their pregnancy in order for them to maintain their energy levels and avoid twin lamb problems. Lifeline and Supalyx Buckets are available. A 'twin lamb' drench can be given if symptoms arise.

Over feeding roughage or heavily pregnant ewes can suffer from a prolapse. Prolapse harnesses are available for preventing a prolapse or holding back a replaced uterus. This still allows lambing to proceed normally. Ensuring that ewes are not lame during this period will also be beneficial.

Difficult births can be made easier with lambing lubricant, lambing ropes and instruments. It is important to wear protective gloves or arm length gloves to prevent infection and contamination.

New born lambs are like new born babies and they need a lot of care and attention. It is important that receive sufficient colostrum within the first 6 hours after birth. This will give them energy and warmth to help get them on their feet and will also provide passive immunity from their mothers. Artificial colostrum like our own brand lamb colostrum can be given via oral tube feeder or teated bottle where colostrum is in short supply. We also have 'Lamb milk replacer' for orpen lambs. Lambs can also be given a boost with a high energy drink like our own brand 'Lamb kwick Start'. Lambs navels should be sprayed with iodine or an antiseptic spray as soon as possible after birth to help prevent any infections travelling into the body that can cause Joint ill later in life. Look out for 'Watery mouth' this can kill new born lambs but can be treated if caught early enough (see your vet).

Castration and tailing of lambs should take place in the first few days of life. 'rubber rings' are available. Free with our own brand 'lamb colostrum'. Castration Pliers are also available.

Worming ewes at turnout out is important, use something like Cydectin Drench for the treatment and control of gastrointestinal roundworms (including inhibited larvae of Ostertagia circumcincta, Haemonchus contortus and Trichostrongylus axei), Nematodirus spp., and lungworm of sheep. With a dosing interval of 8 weeks lambs will be ready for worming at their second dose. Hi-Magnesium lick buckets should be provided to help prevent grass staggers.

It is also important to use Ovivac P Plus, 5 in 1 Clostridial and pasturella vaccine in lambs to provide their own immunity. It can be used in lambs from 3 weeks old. Two 2ml doses of vaccine must be given 4-6 weeks apart. Lambs will also need worming regularly and make sure your lambs are tagged under the current sheep tagging rules.

We have everything you need this lambing season just see our lambing product page for our full range. Many of our lambing products are 'Own Brand' making them affordable but we do not compromise on quality. Call us for more information on 01845 522611.

 


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