Sheep farmer on dealing with a poor start to the lambing season
With lambing well underway the first lot of ewes are coming to an end.
We can sum up our performance by saying, after a very poor start we had a really good run from Monday, March 6 for a week.
The weather also changed which gave us the opportunity to get ewes and lambs out the next day after birth. Getting back to our bad start, the week before we were due to commence lambing we had a number of ewes aborting, as many as 24 over four or five days.
Some of the lambs were born dead, most of the others alive but too premature to survive. We took lambs to the laboratory but are still awaiting definite results.
With all the ewes vaccinated for both Toxo and Enzotic Abortion we would be hopeful that it may not be something that will reoccur next year.
To me it seems like a virus that passed over after a few days. The triplet ewes seem to worst. Going off their feed was the first symptom, followed by a high temperature and then aborting within the next 12 hours was the general rule.
The ewes were also sick after lambing and needed antibiotics for a few days to get them going again. They were isolated immediately and are now outside in a paddock by themselves.
Now for the good news, once lambing got going it was full speed ahead. Ewes were producing good healthy lambs and most of them with plenty of milk. With the help of a lot of good labour we managed to keep most of them alive.