Preparations and experimentation commence for lambing
A very happy new year to all. I'm just about recovered after the Christmas festivities and am now getting ready for what will hopefully be a busy and successful new year.
In December I got John Scarry to scan the Pedigree Bluefaced Leicesters, Mule ewes, embryo ewes and the Scotch Blackface ewes that were inseminated. I was delighted with this early scan. The Bluefaced Leicester ewes scanned 2.25 lambs/ewe for 25 ewes, with one ewe scanned with five lambs. It will certainly be interesting when this ewe is ready to lamb down.
The Mule ewes scanned 1.98 lambs/ewe and Scotch Blackface ewes that were inseminated scanned 1.88 lambs/ewe which was exceptional for the breed. The remainder of the flock will be scanned this coming Friday but I don't expect the overall scan of the Blackface ewes to be as high. The early part of the lambing season looks set to be busy and I must get things in place now to ensure the lambing runs as smoothly as possible.
I make a checklist for myself which is useful, it tells me how prepared I am for the lambing season. The questions I ask are:
* Do I have enough lambing pens?
* Do I have the ewes grouped properly so I can feed them accordingly?
* Do I have a supply of lambing essentials? These include colostrum, stomach tube and syringe, lambing ropes, lubricant gel, disposable gloves, energy boost for ewes who could potentially get twin lamb disease, Calciject, iodine, and marking sprays for numbering lambs.
* Have I the ewes dosed correctly for fluke and for minerals and vitamins? I normally dose all the ewes for fluke at scanning and I dose all the ewes for trace minerals and vitamins six weeks before lambing.