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New Entrants to Farming: An Introduction to Lambing – Event Summary

21 March 2018

Most problems at lambing are nutrition related.  If you manage condition correctly you can minimise metabolic disorder, lambing issues and maximise the number of lambs reared.

The participants were made aware of the main disorders of ewes and lambs on the build-up to lambing and after and how to best treat or handle these.  The key to reducing disease outbreaks is cleanliness.

Lambing techniques were demonstrated and practical sessions led to show participants how to deal with malpresentation of lambs during birth.

Key take-home messages:

  • Be prepared – gather all the lambing essentials you will need well ahead of your expected start date
  • Stay clean – good hygiene is the key to minimising the spread of disease, especially on housed systems
  • Get help – if in doubt, call in the vet.
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