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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Weaning
« on: July 25, 2013, 10:40:32 am »
I have 4 lambs of which 2 are rams born 19/3/13 and 16/4/13, so the youngest one is just over 14 weeks old.
The older ram (Taffy) is rarely with his mum these days but the younger (Tomos) spends quite a lot of time sitting with his mum and does have the occasional feed from her. They are both eating creep and grass well.
Am I ok to wean them both together at the end of this month?
I plan to leave the two ewe lambs to wean naturally so won't be removing them.
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Yeoman

  • Joined Oct 2010
  • South Northamptonshire
Re: Weaning
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013, 10:44:55 am »
I'm glad you asked that question...I have the same sort of situation...

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Weaning
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 11:19:31 am »
Yes but, taking just two lambs away ... will they be on their own?  Having only two young ones together they may fret more.  I would be tempted to wean all the lambs in one go, so that they feel like they are still in a flock, so to speak.  You can put the ewe lambs back with their mums after a couple of weeks.


An alternative would be if you have a next door field that they could go in where they can still see their mums through the fence, then they will be reassured by their presence.

si-mate

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Kent
Re: Weaning
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 11:44:36 am »
At 14 weeks if they are eating creep and grass I would certainly wean them.


Put them as far away as possible from the ewes and they will soon settle.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Weaning
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 11:52:31 am »
Generally I'd advise 4 months old for weaning, but if they're eating creep well they should be ok.

If you had a dry ewe you could keep with them that would help settle them, but they will settle quickly on their own as they have each other for company.  And it's not a fretful breed  ;) and is a greedy one  ;)
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