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  • Joined Jul 2017
« on: April 28, 2021, 10:54:01 am »
My ewe who Lambed twins a month ago has shouted all night. When I checked this am she wasn't letting lambs feed and her udder was very full and quite warm. She had plenty of milk. Held her and the lambs fed. Just checked now and she us reluctant to let the feed again. Her udder doesn't appear lumpy and us not as full as this am . not sure if it is mastitis or not. Can someone advise please. MY thanks


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Mastitis??
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2021, 11:24:28 am »
Probably the start of mastitis. Best get the vet to look if youíre not sure- they can give antibiotics and pain relief if so. Udder mint is great for soothing mastitis if thatís what the vet diagnoses.


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Mastitis??
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2021, 05:58:28 pm »
Check her teats for dryness , cracks , if looks bad then apply cream in some form , udder mint etc and keep lambs off for a few hours then reapply and repeat . Mastitis ,the udder on one side gets hard and swollen  turning from warm to cold to the feel , ewe gets sick quickly and needs strong AB;s  and a painkiller


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Mastitis??
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2021, 08:55:19 pm »
Milk off a small quantity from each teat into separate dishes and add a drop of washing up liquid (not lemon)!  If it congeals it's mastitis.  If it separates it's fine.  If she's feeling "full" and not allowing them to drink then it may be worth milking her out completely to check there's nothing "deep seated" causing a problem and then either feed it to them from a bucket or bottle (if they're used to bottle top ups).

She could be sore from them "dunting" her udder to let the milk down, or from teeth biting her teats.

Uddermint is always good although she may not appreciate it being applied initially.

Hope you get it sorted.  Any doubts, it's worth getting the vet to check her over.
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  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Mastitis??
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2021, 02:28:54 pm »
Please do not apply uddermint in the case of cracks or broken skin - it is extremely painful. Much better to use non-minty udder cream.

I am surprised at the "ewe shouting all night", if she has mastitis and is in pain she would more likely be quiet and withdrawn. Does she get any additional feed? How well is the grass coming on - here it is still very cold and not much new growth yet. I am feeding all my ewes - both recently lambed ones and the ones still due to lamb in the next couple of weeks.


  • Joined Apr 2021
Re: Mastitis??
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2021, 09:23:38 am »
ive just had one doing this and found today that she had been fly stuck all around middle of back once treated she a lot better but still not keen on one lamb



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