lambing

  1. G

    Orf scratch

    I always vaccinate for orf as soon as practical after 2 weeks of age. This year, for the first time, I've had a pet lamb react to the vaccine and is in a poor state with it around her mouth, up over her nose and around her eyes. It's not infected and she still sucks. Besides the obvious, which...
  2. D

    Magpies

    Is anyone else struggling this year to catch them in Larsen traps? Seen quite a few about, normally catch 10-15 on our patch by now and only caught 4 Kids and dog are getting despondent and I’m not far behind. Maybe they are evolving and learning not to go in 🤷‍♂️
  3. S

    Pre shearing fly prevention

    Are there any products that we could apply now to keep flies off sheep until we shear in early June that would not cause any problems for the shearers? Had the first one struck today and would rather the peace of mind until shearing. Thanks.
  4. steveR

    Lamb tags recommendation?

    Never had to tag young lambs before as all lambs are sold as fat, but I am wanting to do the female lambs with breeding eid tags this time, as the intention is to keep a fair few back for breeders.... 🤞 I use Allflex QWIKEiD for slaughter tags but wondering if they are a bit large for young...
  5. Electricfencer

    Picking up dead stock

    Just a thought while going round sheep. How long until we have to leave dead stock about for feed the predators, there's loads about now and must thrive this time of year with outside lambing but come June must be a real struggle for them to find enough food.
  6. Macsky

    Dysect on young lambs

    How early would you put dysect on a lamb, is it a bit strong for lambs a couple of days old? Better to use spot-on instead? Wanting to treat them as they go out of the lambing park, usually ticks on them by marking and I think the stress of marking makes them susceptible to whatever nasties the...
  7. 2YardOfLard

    Lamb vaccines and adverse reactions?

    Advice please. Are there more likely to be side-effects in young lambs from Heptavac than from Ovivac? The situation is I've got a small batch of late lambs to vaccinate & I need something with pneumonia in it. If I use Ovivac I'll be throwing quite a few doses away because of the bottle...
  8. C

    NZ Romney - gestation

    Do romneys have a shorter gestation than other breeds ? Only really worked with mules until this year and work on a gestation of 147 days for them , with a few lambs being popped out before (mainly problems). With the romneys we have had nearly 15 % lamb between 142-147 days. All pretty good...
  9. Benn

    What do you cull for?

    In an Outdoor lambing flock , What do you cull for? Thinking getting bit tighter on reason to cull the following so far, Bad feet ,anything other then scald. Fly strike Small pelvis Anything doesnt rear a lamb Anything that doesn’t get in lamb Prolapse🙄 unsure if following to cull for below...
  10. C

    Ewes not mothering lambs

    Having terrible trouble with ewes not mothering or wanting their lambs, especially noticeable in the singles , some just drop lambs and go and others seem to lick them off and fine for a day then not worried either way if their lambs with them or not . All ewes have lambed before and any that...
  11. abitdaft

    You know you are lambing /calving when?

    Thought I would start this rather continue to hijack the " feck up " thread ( that just took me 3 or 4 minutes to recall the title!) You are eating breakfast when you should be eating dinner and are eating dinner when you should be in your bed. Your child comes home from school and walks in...
  12. K

    Browns 5m Grass Master Harrow

    Recently bought the Browns Grass Master, 5m version, and was wondering if any owners could give me one or two pointers as to it’s operation. It’s on the back of my MF 398 so for me the depth wheel height is a no brainier with pin set at two holes showing above the bracket. Where I’m a little...
  13. L

    New season lamb

    What's the trend this year. Will new season numbers be coming forward earlier than normal? Have lambs been born early this time like b4.Have flocks opted for later lambing. Topic of conversation in market today
  14. teslacoils

    Cutting Insurance Down To Size

    Anyone got any ideas? Are there any farm items that generate a disproportionate chunk of an annual premium? I'm guessing the quad bike I use maybe one day a year should really go. Looking for some things I can either jettison or stuff I can actively do to get the cost down.
  15. M

    Scanning scam

    Recently got my scanning bill from new man,He charged me £1 for the first 50 and 60p for the remaining251.Some of my friends had a good laugh and swore to engage a scanner from outside Dumfriesshire! In future! so would you say he was trying it on?
  16. F

    Unnecessary Costs In Livestock Production

    Having been berated about the price of lamb and how people need to pay more for it, if us Peasants are to continue in business producing these lambs, I thought I would start a thread about what could or should be done to reduce the costs that many of us have. Many of these costs are out of our...
  17. unlacedgecko

    Lambing ease gestation length

    I'm aware easy calving bulls have shorter gestation. Does the same hold true for easy lambing rams? My ewes are due from today (150 days since rams went in). But a large proportion of the easy care sired lambs have been born in the last 4 days. Any thoughts?
  18. Electricfencer

    Ewes not milking well

    I’m outside lambing and seem to have a far few 1 and 2 crop ewes lacking milk, they are very fit and plenty of grass, they where run on beet for 4 months and I’m thinking maybe they are lacking something. It’s not a major problem but am having to lift some of the twins off and would like to sort...
  19. Macsky

    Low tech performance recording

    I’ve got myself some different coloured cable ties, red, blue, green, orange, yellow and purple. I plan to allocate an issue to each colour, try and keep a selection in my pocket and apply to the ear tags of offending sheep over lambing and beyond. So far I’m thinking: Red- mastitis/definite...
  20. Pan mixer

    Environment Agency waste exemptions survey

    Had an email today - "we would like to help you understand the upcoming changes to waste exemptions this year" "Your feedback will be used to improve the guidance and the waste exemtion registration service" "Our researcher will contact you to set up a 30 to 45 minute online meeting between...
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