Week - 13 to 19/01
Scanning Pregnancy Lambs
Through scanning we will know whether ewes are pregnant and if so, whether they are carrying singles, twins or triplets. The number of fetus present cannot be accurately detected before about seven weeks of pregnancy, and after 14 weeks it becomes more difficult to determine numbers because of the large size of the fetus.
In this week we scanned our ewes and we will scanning in Febuary the young ones, the first time to be in lamb.
Lambing course - March 30th
We will start with a bit of theory about lamb presentations and signs of lambing and then go into the lambing sheds. We have a list of topics to cover but how and in which order will depend on what’s happening in the lambing shed.
10am – Arrive, getting to know each other and then a run through the theory of lambing, what to look out for, how lambs can present themselves, when you should help and what to do immediately after birth. Then it is out to the lambing shed to start putting theory into practice.
13:00 – Delicious organic lunch and a chat over what you have learnt so far. Followed by a bit more theory on problems you can encounter, fostering lambs and back out to the lambing sheds.
The course will be as hands on as possible and you will learn to recognize the signs and what to do. Of course we cannot guarantee that we will have any births but we have chosen the optimum time, and we should have orphan lambs, and sheep and lambs in the maternity unit needing your care and attention. The timetable can vary depending on the whims of the mums in the lambing shed!
We will cover:
Looking for the signs of lambing from the ewes
Presentation of lambs
How and when to assist
Problems in lambing
What to do immediately after birth with the lamb and ewe
Ewe and lamb diseases and problems
Preparation for lambing
Why we scan
Care of the ewe pre lambing