Now is the time to start dosing for nematodirus
Lambing is over and the tidy up begins. I hate leaving the place in a mess post-lambing as I like to leave everything back in its place ready for next year as soon as possible after the last lamb drops.
If I don't do this right away after lambing I find that I spend the rest of the year postponing it and it doesn't get done until the last minute. It drives me nuts.
Lambing went well. My ewe lambs weren't in lamb this year so it took a bit of pressure off.
I'm sure I'll miss not having the lambs to sell next November but I didn't miss the prolonged lambing season that results in lambing ewe hoggets. I will probably go back to lambing them next year, albeit in a shorter period of time.
I had a little bit of trouble with enzootic abortion this year. I sent away samples and they came back positive. So I am just going to vaccinate all replacements from now on for enzootic and toxoplasmosis. This will solve the problem.
The lambs are thriving well. I brought them in to foot bath them as they were picking up scalds. The zinc sulphate in the foot bath has to be between 5-10pc solution and I use a hydrometer to see exactly what is in it.
The hydrometer is a really useful tool for testing the solution of your foot bath. In fact it's essential.
If you don't know what is in the water then foot bathing can be a fruitless exercise.