Keeping lambing pens clean

Agrivator

Member
Remove all cleanings ASAP.

Sprinkle granules of paraformaldehyde ( used to be called Cubisan) between occupants. A good ''farm supplies'' shop will provide alternatives.

Ensure that all lambs have shat (expelled the first meconium), which much reduces watery mouth,helps them thrive, and they spend less time in an individual pen.
 

Bullring

Member
Location
Cornwall
Mine are on concrete, shavings in the bottom, then straw on top and clean out between ewes. If getting dirty then lime as well as straw, fine some ewes just turn their pen to sh*t whatever you do as they like to just go round in circles.
 

andybk

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Mendips Somerset
Mine are on concrete, shavings in the bottom, then straw on top and clean out between ewes. If getting dirty then lime as well as straw, fine some ewes just turn their pen to sh*t whatever you do as they like to just go round in circles.
all my young ones dig fkn holes so the lambs cord , ends up lying on the concrete , no matter how much straw goes in the pen ,
 

ISCO

Member
Location
North East
We only use shavings and powdered disinfectant between ewes. Seems to keep disease down compared to straw.
Don't usually clean out between ewes although maybe should.
 

Becs

Member
Location
Wiltshire
I clear the pen after each ewe, let it dry, cubicle lime and then new straw. Never had any wet mouth since doing this ( touch wood). This year I was given an old bouncy castle which I’ve cut up to make liners for the pens, the idea being that I can grab each corner and drag the contents of the pen out and then hose down and hang up to dry. It’ll either be a massive time-saver or complete flop!
 

Six Dogs

Member
Location
Wiltshire
Remove all cleanings ASAP.

Sprinkle granules of paraformaldehyde ( used to be called Cubisan) between occupants. A good ''farm supplies'' shop will provide alternatives.

Ensure that all lambs have shat (expelled the first meconium), which much reduces watery mouth,helps them thrive, and they spend less time in an individual pen.
Can you still get anything like Cubisan?Ive not found anything?
 

Jdunn55

Member
Just an alternative view, i lamb everything in the same space without cleaning anything out, I wont use any disinfectant this year (unless we have a tb breakdown). Our lambing has gone extremely well so far with very few deaths (we have had 100 lambs so far from our ewes, 3 were dead when they were born, 1 was born early and died 24 hours later, 1 was laid on by the mother and 1 died from what we think was scour - she was a lovely lamb and about a month old so was absoulutely furious about this especially as she was picked up really early and treated early :( ).
 

Yale

Member
Livestock Farmer
Me, I use it to on the floor between mobs of pigs, but was originally bought to use in my sheep pens. Works fine on the oinks, I don’t lamb until April!
This thread spurred me into action.

I ordered a tonne pallet yesterday.

I‘d looked at the stuff a while ago,like the lack of dust compared to burnt lime and the no scorching of teats etc.Also handy in bags.

£198 for the pallet delivered.Did some Googling and found it cheaper but was collected price miles away.
 

britt

Member
BASE UK Member
When I lambed inside I found that the most important thing was to keep the floor dry. Scrape the pen floor clean with a good sharp shovel between ewes and allow time to dry. Keep the passage ways free of straw to let the concrete dry.
Repair any leaky roofs, gutters and water troughs.
If I kept the floor dry there was no need to spend time and money on disinfectants or lime.
 

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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