Cost of a sheep caesarian.....

twizzel

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I think roughly £120-150ish inc meds. This year I got a live ewe to cull at weaning (£75) and live twins (£125 each as they go into a lamb box scheme so on a normal year better than fat price) so yes was worth it. Success rate is better if you spend less time trying to get it out before you ring the vet, be it calving or lambing. Make the call early.
 

Big Ambitions

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Livestock Farmer
Not had the Bill through yet, but I’d hazard a guess at £120ish. Is it worth it? Well I got a good cull ewe and two healthy lambs. I’d say morally, you should do your best by your stock, so a c-sec would be “gold standard”. Plus there’s always a fair chance that you’ll get live lamb(s) out of her, especially if you make the decision quickly enough. If nothing else, you’ll get a cull ewe, which pays for a good chunk of the c-sec costs.
Just my two-pence
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
I asked my vets and they said if I took the ewe to them (45-50minutes away) it would be £120-130 daytime hours. The parting comment was if it’s commercial do a farmers caesarean but if the ewe is worth big money pedigree and so are the 2-3 lambs inside then it’d be worth it.

I’m lucky I employ a young girl for lambing who has ridiculously small hands and there has been a few times this year where she was the only one who could get her hand in to put wires over the head, without her I’m not sure what would have happened 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Our local Vets were saying that they had done more this year than ever before. The majority were pedigree and the breeders didn't even bother to try to get them out if they were singles!!
Not sure of the ethics of that and I definitely won't be using any rams from a breeder who does that!!
Yes I feel the same, know of a few pedigree breeders who sell at big ram sales, all of that breed through the side door and even some that are ET into scotch mules are side door’ed too 😮
 

Mc115reed

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£110 for the C section I had this year, £20 worth of drugs but they used my drugs this year as I had everything to hand, £45 call out for out of hours... it’s £25 for out of hours if I take it in too them but they’re 45 mins away snd she was ready too leave then and I would of spent 20 mins getting loaded up and quick check round before I left...

I’d £175 all in for a C section good economics for commercial sheep? No it’s not really but Iv got respect for the sheep I keep and I take the sh!t times with the good times so if Iv got too take a vets bill on the chin then i will...

Ewe is a tidy beltex x texel she’ll make £120 in culls easy,
Lamb is a big texel single rate he’s going he’ll be dead before 12 weeks and make £100+ so £220 all in, less £10 creep on the lamb, £175 on the C section... without thinking about other costs I’ll make £45 on the pair so atleast Iv done right by the ewe and it’s not bankrupt me... call me soft 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

yellowbelly

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Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
So, whats the going rate for one of these?
This one didn't cost anything (apart from a new scalpel blade)......
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....haven't had one shove her guts out the back for a couple of years but this 4 cropper did on Friday night:banghead:

You don't have to hang about after pulling the trigger and you never really know if the lambs are near enough to term to survive but nothing ventured and all that.
They were a few days short of being 'fully cooked'....
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......... but they're doing fine and sucking like good 'uns now (y)
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
This one didn't cost anything (apart from a new scalpel blade)......
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....haven't had one shove her guts out the back for a couple of years but this 4 cropper did on Friday night:banghead:

You don't have to hang about after pulling the trigger and you never really know if the lambs are near enough to term to survive but nothing ventured and all that.
They were a few days short of being 'fully cooked'....
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......... but they're doing fine and sucking like good 'uns now (y)
Well done 👍🏻 I usually go off if there’s colostrum they should make it, always found before that is to early or a lot harder to keep going.
 

DairyGrazing

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Mixed Farmer
Location
North West
Our local Vets were saying that they had done more this year than ever before. The majority were pedigree and the breeders didn't even bother to try to get them out if they were singles!!
Not sure of the ethics of that and I definitely won't be using any rams from a breeder who does that!!

I can remember our old old old vet telling me one days he was on his way to do C sections on 10ish pedigree Belgium blue cows.
 

DairyGrazing

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Mixed Farmer
Location
North West
I asked my vets and they said if I took the ewe to them (45-50minutes away) it would be £120-130 daytime hours. The parting comment was if it’s commercial do a farmers caesarean but if the ewe is worth big money pedigree and so are the 2-3 lambs inside then it’d be worth it.

I’m lucky I employ a young girl for lambing who has ridiculously small hands and there has been a few times this year where she was the only one who could get her hand in to put wires over the head, without her I’m not sure what would have happened 🤷🏻‍♂️
Our current vet had a C section brought into the practice in Mold or Ruthin. At some stage the ewe escapes and gets into the local supermarket and starts bleeding everywhere.
 

DairyGrazing

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Mixed Farmer
Location
North West
wern't all belgian blues delivered like that once upon a time :scratchhead:
I got that impression but it was over 20 years ago I was struggling to remember the details. I think he said they did it three times then they were knackered.

Its like if you speak to the grazing lads they'll tell you everyone was milking 7ft high skinny holsteins in the late 90s early 2000s.

How widespread was it actually in both cases?
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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