Lambing over for 2013RSS feed

Posted: Monday 15 April, 2013

by Rosemary at 5:00pm in Sheep 4 comments Add your own

Well, that’s lambing over for another year. We didn’t see the vet at all this year, which is good. We had a C section and two other visits last year. :-(

We put eight ewes and three gimmers to the tup; of the 11, nine scanned in lamb with six sets of twins and three singles.

And we have fifteen live lambs and nine live ewes, which is a pretty good result. One of the two empty ewes has gone to a pet home – she was the one that had the C section last year – and the other one will get another chance with the tup this autumn. She is currently taking on “auntie” duties.

Lambing pensThe lambing pens.

Newborn Ryeland lambNewborn Ryeland lamb.

Attentive eweAttentive ewe.

Cute twin lambsCosy twin lambs.

Hayrack lambFound somewhere cosy to sleep!

Of the fifteen lambs, we have seven ewes and eight tups. At the moment, I’m planning to keep four of the ewe lambs and sell three. The tup lambs are all destined for various freezers.

I assisted at two births – one with one leg back and one with both legs back. Once the legs were forward, both lambed easily. The lamb with the one leg back was a twin, and the second was a normal presentation. I did give a little pull to one of the gimmers – the lamb was presented normally (as was its twin) but it was late and I really wanted to go to bed. :-)

I think this year’s lambs have been particularly vigorous – most I’ve found bopping around and already suckled. I had to help one of the gimmer’s lambs suck as she had very small teats, but they were fine after 24 hours.

One or two lambs have had mild entropion – mainly white ones; the coloured ones have been OK. In all cases, it’s been rectified within 12 hours of birth – now I know to check and flick the eyelids out when I do the navels.

So all bar Juno and Penny and their twins are out in the sun. The last two will probably go out tomorrow.

All I have to do now is keep them all fit and healthy – fingers crossed.



Saturday 27 April, 2013 at 12:55am

Sounds like a really good season for you. You must be relieved. Well done.


Thursday 2 May, 2013 at 2:16am

Well done. Its been a hard year. Any successes are worth celebrating, We had 56 ewes lamb and got 114 lambs so we were wellpelased. New Zealand Romneys, lived off nothing all winter, Even now (2nd May) we are chasing grass. I have nver known a year like it

David Bailey

Wednesday 10 July, 2013 at 9:36pm

I have a lamb being hand fed because mum rejected him, How long do I bottle feed him, and how do I wean him please?


Thursday 11 July, 2013 at 10:11am

David, if the lamb is eating a lamb creep feed, I'd be looking to get him off the bottle about 8 weeks. TBH, I haven't had to bottle feed a lamb for years but we'd always just stop the bottle ie not reduce quantities over a period of time.

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