Ewe Prolapsing

Farmer_Joe

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Livestock Farmer
Location
The North
Spoons, best bit is they lamb-past it.
nice and clean and jab of antibiotic and they are fine. Have used harnes if it’s bad, but I lamb outside so they are not ideal.
 

Jackov Altraids

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
Spoons, best bit is they lamb-past it.
nice and clean and jab of antibiotic and they are fine. Have used harnes if it’s bad, but I lamb outside so they are not ideal.

Only remember having one ewe struggle to lamb with a spoon and the same for harnesses.
You have to catch the ewe whether you use a spoon or harness so don't really see why a harness is any less 'ideal'. I rarely feel the need to use anti-biotic.
 

primmiemoo

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Location
Devon
fudge me harness I used it would not have lambed past that’s for sure but I imagine there are a variety of designs.


Designs vary. Some were not great at all. For now, the standard, black, net-tex ones are good. I didn't have chance to look at the recent red New Zealand type, but I've heard they're good, too.

We once had a saddler-made leather harness that was really well made and easily adjustable, but it succumbed to age. It was made to the right design.

No need for a spoon with those three makes.
 

Electricfencer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
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This ewe managed to lamb with a spoon and harness on in the night. I thought I would have to shot her a week ago the prolapse was so bad.
 

JoeFo

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Have the harness on the past few days, she’s gone by herself today so very close to lambing but not forcing yet. If no lamb in the morning I intend to take the lambs (she scanned twins) by hand
 

Anymulewilldo

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Cheshire
I’ve been on the harnesses for 5 years now, far more successful here than the spoons ever were. The sheep seem so much more comfortable with them. Been on black nettex ones then this year out of stock wherever I went so got 3 of the NZ red ones. Far easier too put on and tighten up.

As for not lambing past a harness, no one has told my ewes that... I might take off one harness in 5 as they lamb. Rest are found with lambs and harness stays on for a couple of days just too make sure. 😉👍

Don’t get ruptured guts with harnesses like we did with spoons.
 

Fat Lamb

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Livestock Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
'useless and a liability'...in your opinion, it's clear from above plenty of folk get on just fine with them.
Yes, that's my opinion, for what it is worth, but I'm not after an argument about it. If you get on fine with them then good for you.
What we all should be grateful for is that nobody is advocating that we all should be stitching them up as we would have been doing in years gone by.
 

quavers

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Location
aberdeenshire
May be a bit late for you all now , wife picked up a tip off facebook, if you sugar on the prolapse a let it sit a moment before putting it back in it takes down the swelling and softens the tissue , it shrinks in size and helps to put it back . dont ask why but it does work ,
 

primmiemoo

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Location
Devon
May be a bit late for you all now , wife picked up a tip off facebook, if you sugar on the prolapse a let it sit a moment before putting it back in it takes down the swelling and softens the tissue , it shrinks in size and helps to put it back . dont ask why but it does work ,

It's mentioned in the James Herriot books. Iirc, sugar was used to aid replacement of a calf bed. It worked.
 

Highland Mule

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Livestock Farmer
May be a bit late for you all now , wife picked up a tip off facebook, if you sugar on the prolapse a let it sit a moment before putting it back in it takes down the swelling and softens the tissue , it shrinks in size and helps to put it back . dont ask why but it does work ,

The sugar dissolves a little and then 'sucks' out moisture by osmotic potential, hence reducing the size of the prolapse. Watched the vet do it a few time, and now carry a mug of sugar in my kit just in case.
 

Yonlass

Member
The sugar dissolves a little and then 'sucks' out moisture by osmotic potential, hence reducing the size of the prolapse. Watched the vet do it a few time, and now carry a mug of sugar in my kit just in case.
Having never really lambed much (but calved lots), we decided to have a go this year 🙄 3 prolapses later, and I can confirm that sugar works. I'd always heard about it, but just sprinkle it on, give it 5 seconds, and slurp, in it goes (ish). Cos I'm an expert now 😳
Used this afterwards


Very easy to fit and take off 👍

Also did the Indian rope trick on a couple in the absence of a harness


Worked fine....and all 3 are still alive 🥳
 

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