Ewes not doing at all.

CWS

Member
Location
Cumbria
Looking for some advice. Wife's got a handful of zwartbles and this lambing has been a balls up. There's just no go about them, no intakes and not cleaning after lambing. There fit but wouldn't say fat. As soon as we brought them in they went off feed and haven't recovered. There adlib 1st cut silage and even added some maize in there to try to entice them to eat, but still not of much interest. Feed 0.5kg ewe nuts which aren't getting finished off. Dosing far too many for tld and antibiotics after lambing because there having a rough time and not thriving. Any help appreciated cheers
 

CWS

Member
Location
Cumbria
Could you not chuck them back out on some grass? Somewhere you can keep an eye on them but they can get some grass going through them? Even if it's just the lawn. Grass and fresh air might just work wonders.
Once I've put them out they've perked up but was trying to figure out what went wrong first. Got the next batch planned to come in within a week but can't be having them have the same problems
 

CWS

Member
Location
Cumbria
All been min drenched. All be it just did this batch when we started having issues so too late really. Had buckets for 2 month. All soils are tested for trace elements and nothing out of sort. Plenty of grass in front of them. It was as soon as they were brought in within the week intakes dropped. Always lambed inside and never been a problem at all until this year's carry on. Lost 1 yesterday so post mortem'd it and zero signs of fluke or worms. Vets have said too close to lambing for bloods?🤔 Might just get some done and I'll decide that. I think it's just that the intakes have dropped and tld is the problem.
 

BAF

Member
Livestock Farmer
Can you get some molasses? Either in one of those ball feeders or mix it through some hard feed to entice them. Maybe some ehole oats and barley just to get them eating.
I don't know what numbers you're going to be lambing but could you run them in at night and loose them out on the grass in the day time?
Also are they eating something that's locking up trace elements? So they can't utilise what you've given them?
And remember if you don't say f**king sheep at least 3 times a day you're not lambing 😂
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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