By John Small, Andrew Eales, Colin Macaldowie
Thousands of lambs and ewes die every year in the course of the lambing season. the explanations in the back of this excessive point of perinatal mortality usually are not simply defined and difficulties that do come up will be tricky to foretell.
This absolutely revised re-creation of sensible Lambing and Lamb Care makes an attempt to resolve this complicated topic via supplying useful tips and data on all features of lambing and lamb care. It covers the most important illnesses and difficulties in lambs, from poisoning to foot and mouth sickness, and comprises chapters at the well-being of the ewe (including abortion issues), preventative tools, lambing options and in addition considers animal welfare matters.
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Antibiotics by injection may well be indicated to control secondary bacterial infection. Keep the sheep indoors until the wound is fully healed. Remember, the rest of the flock will be at risk. 38 Problems in lambs Prevention There are two approaches to prevention. First, avoid the factors which attract the flies. In lambs, scouring due to parasites is a major problem. Control the parasites (see below). If fleece soiling is present, remove the wool in the contaminated area (crutching or dagging).
The ewe may take anything from a few minutes to half an hour to complete the delivery. Older ewes are generally quicker, as are ewes having twins or triplets. If a ewe does have twins or triplets the second lamb may be delivered within minutes of the first, but in many cases contractions cease and the delivery of the next lamb may occur after a delay of up to an hour. This delay has some advantages for it gives the ewe time to lick the first lamb dry. Most of us assume that the normal lambing position is the ‘diving’ position, with front legs fully extended (Fig.
This complicated disease is caused by combined infection with both Mycoplasma ovipneumonzae (a small bacterium) and the bacterium Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica. Exposure to respiratory viruses such as Parainfluenza 3 may also predispose animals to infection by causing initial lung damage. To a considerable extent, atypical pneumonia is a disease of intensive husbandry, being practically unknown in lambs on the hill, but relatively common in intensive, indoor finishing systems where infection can spread easily from lamb to lamb.
Practical Lambing and Lamb Care: A Veterinary Guide (3rd Edition) by John Small, Andrew Eales, Colin Macaldowie