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Tips For Treating Lambs Navels

23 March 2018

A wet navel allows for a direct route for bacteria to travel into the lamb. To prevent this follow these simple steps:

  • The navel should be treated as soon after birth as possible and then again 6 hours later.
  • Tincture of Iodine is the best product as it will dry the navel and has an antiseptic effect.
  • Dip the entire nave.l
  • Keep the container of iodine clean. While dipping navels, bacteria, straw and faeces will enter into the solution.  When the iodine gets low, empty it out, clean the bottle and refill it – rather than continually topping it up.  This will reduce the risk of passing infection between lambs.

Kirsten Williams, kirsten.williams@sac.co.uk

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