[Jacob-list] Re: Lamb Percentages
BIDEWEE at aol.com
BIDEWEE at aol.com
Tue Apr 25 12:27:47 EDT 2006
In a message dated 4/25/2006 5:50:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
jacob-list-request at jacobsheep.com writes:
Also what percentage of births end up going wrong. I hear a lot of horror
stories here. How many ewes do you have before you start to assume you will
have some lambs that don't make it.
I agree with Neal, more good things will happen then bad at lambing time.
You just tend to hear about the bad. I help a few girls every year but most
of them lamb on their own with no assistance. That said, if it looks like a
ewe is having problems (i.e., normal progress has stopped) I'll tend to go
ahead and pull lambs rather then wait.
We lambed 61 ewes (Jacobs and Navajo-Churros) this year and they gave us 119
live lambs and 2 stillborn lambs. The stillborn lambs were each one of a
set of triplets and I was there when both were born and was able to determine
that neither was alive at birth (in otherwords, they'd have been dead whether
I was there or not). So, if the ewes are healthy going into lambing you have
every reason to expect that most of the deliveries will be normal and most
of the lambs will be alive.
Since our barn gets quite crowded at lambing time we pen the ewes up with
their lambs for several days to let them bond and let the lambs get their
bearings. That gives us time to observe them and make sure both mom and the lambs
are thriving before they get turned out into the big, hectic world. Shortly
after birth we clip and dip the lambs' navels in iodine, strip mom's teats,
and make sure the lambs take a sip (nurse), then a few hours later we give
the lambs a shot of CD&T Antitoxin (3cc) and BoSe (.5cc). Then, before they're
released from the pens we dock tails, install ear tags, take photos and fill
out a lamb check list on each lamb. From there on their only assignment is
to eat, grow and play.
Hope lambing goes smoothly for you!
PS to see our 2006 lambs go to: _www.bideaweefarm.com/2006lambs.htm_
bide a wee farm
registered Jacob & Navajo-Churro Sheep
19562 NE Calkins Lane, Newberg, OR 97132 ~ 503-538-7987
karen at bideaweefarm.com ~ www.bideaweefarm.com
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