Lots about lambs
Lambing season has begun!!
One of the busiest times of the year for the staff at Clare Vets.
With the cold weather not heating up much the grass growth has been poor this will have a knock-on effect to our grazing sheep.
If you already live in area prone to mineral deficiencies, talk to your vet. Ewes deficient in selenium can be given a shot two weeks prior to lambing, while animals low in iodine can also benefit from a supplement.
If you are new to sheep ownership and are worrying about the impending birth, the number one rule is;
• Don’t move the ewe in labour if you don’t have to. When her waters burst, the ewe will use the smell to anchor her to that spot. If you try and move her to a more sheltered, protected “sensible” place, the ewe will often risk life and limb to make it back to that smell. The less stress the ewe has around this time, the less likely she is to abandon her lambs.
Lambs make a lot of demands on their mother and milk fever can often be the result. A ewe will go off her food, have cold ears, stiffen up, sometimes fall down and be unable to get back up and can then get bloat.
Talk to your vet for the best treatment, you may be able to have something on hand to deal with any cases you come across.
If she is down, prop her up between two bales of hay so gases don’t accumulate in her gut.
If you need any further advice please speak to one of the Clare Vet team on 02893 322223