Spring is right around the corner (finally)
We have one lonely lamb in the barn. We are still waiting on a couple of Tunis ewes who we thought were due in February (miscalculated that).
The rest are due next month. Lambing is a little later this year than years past, but it will be here before we know it.
Lambing experience varies from year to year. It is best to be prepared. Now, is the time to take inventory of our supplies and make sure we have everything we need.
Items we like to have on hand...
Tincture of Iodine (7 percent)- . We use a teat dipper to dip the lambs navel cord with the iodine , right after the lamb is born.
Lamb Carrier-This is used when the ewe has her lambs on pasture and we want to move the lamb and mother to another location. It cradles the lamb and you can carry the lamb at your side. The ewe will be able to keep track of her lamb and follow along. If there are two, we just carry the other one.Also comes in handy for weighing lambs.
Towels- Towels come in handy when the weather is chilly and we want to help dry the lamb off so it doesn't lose too much body heat.
Nutri-Drench- A liquid supplement that can be used for weak newborns.
Selenium and Vitamin E Gel- A supplement.
Scale-Not necessary, but it is nice to be able to weigh the lambs at birth.
Syringe and Tube- You use this to tube feed a lamb that is weak and has no sucking reflex (which they do not have if they are too cold or weak) You place the tube, down the esophagus of the lamb, the tube is long enough to reach the lambs stomach. You attach the syringe and feed the lamb their mothers colostrum. This is a life saving skill and should be learned if you raise sheep or goats.
Elastrator and bands- These are used to dock lambs tails which is done at about a week old. It is also used to castrate Ram Lambs when they are a little older.
Syringes and Needles- We give a vaccine called CD/T when we dock the lambs tails. We use it to protect against Tetanus.
Nipples- We only need these when we have a bottle lamb and we usually only have one of those if the lamb is rejected by their mother. That doesn't happen too often,(thankfully) but we do, occasionally, have a bummer lamb, so we keep nipples on hand.
We have a stocked cabinet and are ready for 2015 Lambing!