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Preparation for lambing

  • Ensure that there is enough skilled labour at lambing so that problems can be identified and dealt with quickly.
  • Ensure lambing sheds are clean, well ventilated and drained.
  • Set aside “hospital” facilities and areas (indoors or outdoors) where sick lambs or aborted ewes can be isolated and dealt with in a biosecure manner.
  • Check that lambing equipment is clean and accessible. Lubricants, markers/tags, iodine, colostrums or colostrum replacers, thermometers, glucose and electrolyte solutions are all useful items to have in place before lambing.
  • Plan well ahead – a compacted lambing period will reduce risk of disease. Whilst tiring, a busy week or two is more efficient and effective that being tired for 6-12 weeks.

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