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agri293

  • Joined Nov 2010
my first lambing advice needed
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:17:49 pm »
hi there i am looking forward to our first lambing hopefully in april looking for advice on when to scan and who can i use in the lothians,secondly what i need for lambing ,and can you buy the medical equipment you require ,and where to buy cheers

TheCaptain

  • Joined May 2010
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012, 07:32:04 pm »
,secondly what i need for lambing

Get on a lambing course ASAP, or get some lambing experience if you don't already have some - mine was the best thing I've spent money on to do with my smallholding!

agri293

  • Joined Nov 2010
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012, 07:40:23 pm »
hi thanks for the advice i was going to ask one of our local farmers do you know if there any lambing courses in central scotland cheers

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 07:44:14 pm »
Central Scotland Smallholders are organising a lambing course at Oatridge College in West Lothian on 11th February. Contact doganjo on here for more details.

agri293

  • Joined Nov 2010
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 07:51:45 pm »
thats great not to far away from me cheers

Dougal

  • Joined Jul 2011
  • Port O' Menteith, Stirlingshire
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2012, 03:23:37 pm »
You look like you'll get on a course, all the best with that.
As for scanning,if you only have a small number (less than three hundred!!) then most commercial scanners won't come to you. They are too busy else where. The vet will do it but charge you the national debt of italy for the privilige and even then just tell you whether you have a ewein lamb or not! they are not practised enough to get any better. Your best option is to try and find another sheep farmer who lambs at roughly the same time as you and scans. Take your sheep there on scanning day and the scanner will run them through for a wee bit cash! Failing that, don't scan. Start feeding your ewes a small amount of feed now and feed them that limited feed all the way through. That will at least support the multiples without giving monsterous singles. Not perfect but worked for shepherds for a long time before ultra sound!
It's always worse for someone else, so get your moaning done before they start using up all the available symathy!

VSS

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Pen Llyn
    • Viable Self Sufficiency.co.uk
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012, 03:47:01 pm »
Our scanner will do small groups - we have 160 and he does a lot of flocks smaller than hours. He charges the same amount for all flocks, large and small iro 50p per ewe.

He is so fast and so devilishly efficient that he can make it pay at that price.

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agri293

  • Joined Nov 2010
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2012, 05:58:49 pm »
thanks for the advice

robert waddell

  • Guest
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 06:21:55 pm »
ian magillvery at falkirk   he does scanning  :farmer:

Small Farmer

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Bedfordshire
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 09:10:47 pm »
Our local scanner charges 65 to visit: we've never had enough to find out how many that could cover.  Round here all the flocks are under 100
Being certain just means you haven't got all the facts

lee.arron

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • shropshire
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2012, 10:14:38 pm »
Hi agri293.  Its also my first lambing im in the same situation as you i got on a lambing course for next week. as for scanning im doing without as i only have a small flock for now. Im told the best thing to do first time is check on the ewes as much as possible especially closer to the time. keep an eye on their body scoring and most of all  learn from it for next year .  i was advised to have a stock of iodine , tail rings, gloves, lubricant, and make sure the ewes are given a high energy lick  , good luck with it :)

lee.arron

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • shropshire
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2012, 10:17:04 pm »
also milk powder heat lamp and bottle feeders for any cade or lambs that mum cant cope with.   

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2012, 01:08:04 am »
Something that people may not have thought of:

Always useful to have an outlet for orphan lambs, I give mine to our local community farm where it is lovingly bottle fed by volunteers and ends up being clucked over and generally having the life of riley. That way you don't waste precious time and money at lambing bottle feeding (by the time you have paid to hand-rear a lamb, you wont make any money from it).

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 01:16:16 am »
(by the time you have paid to hand-rear a lamb, you wont make any money from it).
Our last five pets just went off and fetched over 85 a piece.  They were fed predominantly on Jersey milk then creep for a short while then a lamb pellet.  Even if I'd used lamb replacement powder, I would still have made a profit.

Like most farmers, we do not expect nor want a 'reasonable hourly rate' for our time.  Running a sustainable business, making a living doing something fascinating and highly enjoyable that keeps us fit seems to us to be a pretty good return for our labour. :)  (Check my tag line.  ;))

Having said all of which, I think it is a very good idea to have an outlet for orphans - even if you have a setup where you can rear them not at a loss, if you have a bad lambing it can leave you short of time to manage everything that is needed.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: my first lambing advice needed
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2012, 12:10:37 pm »
Okay sally, maybe I should have put in a disclaimer about 'current trends towards sheep actually making good money notwithstanding'  :P

 

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