(1) Lambing ewes:
Cleanliness as far as possible. Be
Lubrication - Arnolds Lubrel best
or J lube.
Repel stuck lambs back into uterus
to correct problems.
Take care to check which legs belong
to which lamb even if only 2 legs & 1 head presented.
Coloured lambing ropes useful.
Think about the mechanics and which
way the legs bend to correct problems. Cover the foot with
hand or finger to protect the uterus
Using a hand over back of head, or
a head rope makes life much simpler
With muddle of twins, often lamb furthest
in is easiest to remove first, as more room to stretch
Afterwards, check for more lambs &
damage to ewe.
(2) After care of ewe:
Long acting antibiotic
Painkiller e.g. finadyne injection
Warm water & feed
(3) Lamb revival:
Clear mouth & nose
Cold water - dunk in trough or pour
over head & chest.
Acupuncture needle point on
nose, midline between nostrils
Tickle larynx / tube into windpipe
using stomach tube, allows effective resuscitation (but
needs practice to do)
Bicarb solution if head not up in
(4) Lamb Problems:
See memory jogger sheet.
Refresh technique of stomach tubing
& intraperiotenal injection
Bubble wrap makes brilliant
coat for weak lambs
Cubisan disinfectant powder
made by Deosan. Works really well to reduce joint ill & watery
Remove any cleansing etc, sprinkle on lambing pen then fresh straw
Check colostrum supply especially
if lamb problems developing. Freeze in ice cube trays or on thin
baking trays, break up & store in bags in freezer. Defrost in
jug in bowl of hot water. If very thick dilute with
little water so it flows down tube better.
(5) Milking ewes:
Plenty of lubication eg hand cream
Use 2 jugs, transfer milk/colostrum
as collected into 2nd jug in safe place!
Cheat! use a human breast pump,
works really well, esp ewes with small fiddly teats!
(5) Ewe problems:
Prolapses: vaginal: harness, spoon,
suture (tape) ? transport not permitted but better to bring
home to treat than attempt on hill.
Lamb bed :
Immediate; follows lambs
out at lambing. Return & suture as for vaginal.
Delayed; not seen or happens
later. Keep moist & warm, needs vet attention. DO NOT transport
anywhere. If cold or damaged - shoot
guts: shoot asap
Metabolic: see sheet
NB also listeria
Mastitis: See Memory Jogger (Click
Toxoplasma & Enzootic abortion
Remind all workers annually re risk
to pregnant women & immunsupressed people.
NB clothes, overall, hair etc & weak lambs are all
potential sources to carry infection home.