Pedigree ewes have got the lambing season off to a flier
Our lambing season has begun. The Bluefaced Leicester ewes started it off. These Pedigree ewes were some of those that received frozen semen and I'm delighted to report that they all lambed down alive and healthy.
I'm very happy with the amount of colostrum and milk the ewes have and how lively the lambs have been so far.
We had three sets of triplets on this first bunch, with one ewe giving birth to a combined weight total of 18.4kg of lambs comprising of a 5.5kg, 5.8kg and 7.1kg lambs respectively. Good sized lambs for triplets.
All of the weights of the Bluefaced Leicesters are recorded for Lambplus, as are lambing difficulties. The weights of these lambs will be recorded as the year passes and growth rates will be calculated from this.
Some new bloodlines were introduced this year using AI and I'm eager to see how these will turn out as the year progresses.
The main flock has also started lambing. Lambing indoors this year has been a new experience and we are having to adapt to our usual routines.
We have a rota of checking ewes throughout the night and sometimes it goes out the window if a ewe is slow to lamb or is having a complication.
Once a ewe is ready to lamb, she is placed into an individual pen. This is bedded with straw and misted with Dominate liquid, a probiotic spray to reduce the infection pressure and prevent a build-up of disease such as E.coli etc.