Lambing Prep - Are You Ready For The Season Ahead?

Being well prepared is essential for a successful lambing season. We've put together some top tips to consider before the newborns arrive, including everything from getting your housing facilities ready to using the Flockwatch app to remove the paperwork and stress!

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Equipment Check

Carry out a stock-take on lambing equipment and consumables and make sure everything is on hand before your lambing start date. Ensure you can check off the following list before starting:

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Iodine (for disinfecting navels- 7% Concentration).

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Consumable supplies such as - Lubricant, gloves, ropes, drenches, syringes, towels, plastic sleeves, feeding bottles and teats, uterine boluses, halters. 

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Check your medicine cabinet stocks and determine if medicine is within date.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Check your stock of artificial colostrum - this is critical for the beginning of lambing for unexpected arrivals or ewes with poor colostrum supply e.g. young ewes. It is also advisable to keep lamb milk replacer on hand.

 

Colostrum Handling and Storage Facilities

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Colostrum is liquid gold for lambs and provides passive immunity from birth. The target intake for new born lambs is 5% of bodyweight 4 times a day for the first day of life or total of 20% of bodyweight. For example a 5kg lamb will need 250ml every 6 hours. 

Although backup powered or artificial colostrum is available you should aim to use dams own milk where possible. The next best thing is stored ewes milk from your own flock. Fresh colostrum can be stored for up to 6 weeks in a fridge or for up to 6 months in a freezer. Colostrum can taken from ewes that have single lambs and will have an excess of colostrum or from dams or have lost their lambs. 

Remember:

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Fresh - 6 weeks

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Frozen - 6 months

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Use own flock - sourced if possible to avoid disease transfer flock to flock

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Store correctly i.e. readymade sealable colostrum storage bags and flat storage for ease of thawing.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Thaw frozen colostrum slowly to body temperature as exposure to heat above 40 degrees will denature vital proteins and destroy the valuable immunological components.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Ensure lambs receive adequate colostrum based on weight as described above.

 

Practice Good Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene is critical at lambing time. Ensure lambing pens are clean and dry, before and after each lambing.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Disinfect equipment between use e.g ropes.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Change gloves for every new lambing.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Avoid housing sick ewes in the same house as healthy ewes to minimise disease transfer. 

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Clean and fresh water should be available to ewes and lambs at all times.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Clean all lamb feeding equipment such as bottles and teats immediately after use in hot water and soap as milk scum can build up quickly.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Keep yourself clean- clean clothing and boots and change if soiled after lambing. 

Note: Exercise caution when handling lambs from multiple ewes without changing gloves or washing hands in between. Mixing the smell of newborn lambs can cause the dams to reject their own lambs! 

 

Get your Lambing Groups and Pens in Order

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Best practice is to pen ewes according to scanning results e.g. litter size. 24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Think ahead, and also have an 'extra care' pen available for unexpected events such as triplet lambing's.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Make sure all pens are clean and disinfected. Inspect for damage and repair as necessary.

Remember you can create groups and smart lists in Flockwatch, straight from the app so you'll know who's-who when it comes to your ewes. Flockwatch also allows you to record weights in the app, so you can monitor growth rates of lambs quickly and easily.

 

Use Flockwatch to record Lambing Details

To record a lambing follow these few steps.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Tap on the orange plus button (+).

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Tap on lambing record or use the search bar above to search for this option.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Tap on the ewe who's lambed.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...>Fill in the required details, Date of birth, season born,  lambing number and how many lambs she had.

 *There is also an option to record if any lambs have aborted or if there was embryo transferred.

 

 

 

 

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Tap the next button and this will bring you on to fill in the details of each lamb.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Fill out the gender, if they have been tagged you can put in their tag number if not they will be recorded with a lambing number.

24,939 Green Tick Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free ...Once details are filled in for each lamb press the save button.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You too can join 18,000 other farmers reaping the benefits of hassle free paperwork by downloading Flockwatch by Herdwatch today!
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