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  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Typical Prolapse !
« on: March 19, 2017, 07:57:01 pm »
Just to show their is no typical type of ewe that will prolapse  .  15days before lambing this years first  prolapse ( small in and out )   young ewe had 1 lamb carrying a single , no problems lambing last year .   CS 3 so not fat ,out side so plenty of exercise  . Texel x ewe carrying a lamb to a hill ram so should be slightly smaller .   Feeding is any grass /silage / and 150gms of nuts .     My records show most of my prolapses  are CS 2.5  and as many singles as triplets and 1crops account for most .         My earliest prolapse was in late January and the latest the day before lambing


  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: Typical Prolapse !
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 08:26:14 pm »
I've had a ewe prolapse today. Melon sized prolapse, 4 weeks off lambing, ewe not fat at all and scanned single. Oh and grass only fed, no hay and no corn! I was amazed ( and slightly annoyed)

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  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Typical Prolapse !
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 08:39:22 pm »
My mild prolapse ewe this year isn't too fat, been out until 2 weeks before lambing on minimal cake. But her twin lambs were large which kind of makes sense. She's going after weaning though nonetheless.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Typical Prolapse !
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 09:16:12 am »
I have mentioned before that some research was done that indicated an inability to utilise calcium in the diet may contribute to prolapse.  We experimented one year by keeping a prolapsed ewe and injecting her with 5ml of calcium every week for a month before she lambed.  No prolapse but she was culled after weaning anyway as we didn't know if it was a heritable trait.  That may be the case as we haven't seen a prolapse for about five years, although we have refined our feeding programme every year, too.


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Typical Prolapse !
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 12:08:24 pm »
Brian Hosie did the work in the 1980's and he suggested feeding  a flour ( I think ) that was very high in calcium , and they ran a small trial but came to no concrete conclusion


  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Typical Prolapse !
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 01:52:55 pm »
could it be because they may have picked up something/eaten something which could have irritated their backends at all? All this wet weather and so forth....
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Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Typical Prolapse !
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 04:03:14 pm »
More to do with muscle tone around the cervix and vulva ....?


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