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mrst064

  • Joined Aug 2015
Silly question - lambs and trailers
« on: September 17, 2015, 10:38:09 pm »
Silly question, I have some dorset lambs only days old and eventually I want to move them to another field across the village, only 1 mile. How old do they have to be before they can go in the trailer with their mothers? What is the best way to move them?
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Porterlauren

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2015, 10:42:00 pm »
Small compartment in trailer for lambs, ewes in main part. Or ewes in trailer, lambs in back of truck. Small lambs in a bunch of ewes in trailer can get knocked about or stood on too much.

mrst064

  • Joined Aug 2015
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2015, 10:50:21 pm »
That is what I thought. I'd rather not separate them so I think I'll construct a compartment in the trailer for the lambs. Ta ever so.

princesslayer

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Tadley, Hants
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2015, 10:57:47 pm »
I moved mine at 2 weeks, in a separate part of the trailer to their mums. One ram lamb managed to get through a surprisingly small gap through the partition to get back to her, before we'd even left, so watch out for that!  :fc:
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Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 01:16:03 pm »
A month old.

Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2015, 09:32:54 pm »
I'm sure it's a week old. Seen bottle lambs at market from a week old

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2015, 10:05:34 pm »
Once the navel is dry.

Herdygirl

  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2015, 10:08:15 pm »
Small compartment in trailer for lambs, ewes in main part. Or ewes in trailer, lambs in back of truck. Small lambs in a bunch of ewes in trailer can get knocked about or stood on too much.
I find this method the best, but no messing about, you need to be quick, mums and lambs get very stressed if apart at this age

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2015, 08:53:56 am »
These are the official guidelines


Fitness for travelIt’s illegal to transport an animal that’s considered unfit for travel. This includes:shorn sheep during cold weather - particularly November to March
  • very young animals - eg lambs of less than one week - unless the journey is less than 100 kilometres
  • new-born mammals where the navel has not completely healed
  • heavily pregnant females - where more than 90 per cent of the expected gestation period has passed
  • females who have given birth during the previous seven days
  • sick or injured animals where moving them would cause additional suffering - unless instructed by a vet
  • Download Defra’s guidance on whether animals are fit to travel from the ADLibwebsite (PDF, 247KB).

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2015, 12:38:18 pm »
I'm sure it's a week old. Seen bottle lambs at market from a week old
I assume you mean being sold with their mothers? I would of thought that as being risky though, because they're so young they could pick up diseases.
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harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Silly question - lambs and trailers
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2015, 02:35:48 pm »
WBF - I think Hillview means cade lambs so no, not lambs at foot.

 

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