Lamb skinning success rate

kfpben

Member
Location
Mid Hampshire
I reckon my lamb skinning adoption success rate is about 20%.

I spend a bit of time and effort making a nice wee jacket for a young orphan lamb only for the ewe to start battering it after a few minutes.
Wet fostering is more like 90% success rate.
Any tips to improve?
 

exmoor dave

Member
Location
exmoor, uk
I reckon my lamb skinning adoption success rate is about 20%.

I spend a bit of time and effort making a nice wee jacket for a young orphan lamb only for the ewe to start battering it after a few minutes.
Wet fostering is more like 90% success rate.
Any tips to improve?

Is this skinning a dead twin?


90% + success rate on singles I'd say.
Never had a huge amount of success on twins, where one has died
 

kfpben

Member
Location
Mid Hampshire
Without knowing what you're doing it's very hard to give tips to improve...

Skin doesn't need to be neat or tidy. Just get as much skin off the dead lamb as possible
I’ll put a pic up of the finished article later. Don’t want to put a video up of the process as no doubt it’ll be over PETA Twitter within minutes!
 

exmoor dave

Member
Location
exmoor, uk
Yes. Perhaps that’s where I’m going wrong? Although not as many singles die- fewer of them to start with and stronger lambs.

I think with a twin scenario, they have their surviving twin to compare to and suss the situation out,
Used to work ok when we had mules, but the exlanas won't have it at all 🤨
 

Nithsdale Farmer

Member
Livestock Farmer
I’ll put a pic up of the finished article later. Don’t want to put a video up of the process as no doubt it’ll be over PETA Twitter within minutes!
I didn't mean your skinning method. I meant are you trying to put a new lamb onto a twin if 1 has died? Or are you having problems getting a ewe with a single to take a new lamb...

Give us more info what you're twinning on
 

hally

Member
Location
cumbria
Never had much success tbh so always use an adopter if wet fostering doesn’t work. Funny thing is I am pretty much 100% with calves so can’t understand what the difference is.🥲
 

JD-Kid

Member
maybe 30 plus years ago skinned lambs
then just used the cheapest crap spray on aftershave etc yer know the one yer aunt brought yer for xmas spray the lamb and a good spray up the ewes nose
if she is a arse. and done not want the lamb then. put it in her record that she's a arse
 
maybe 30 plus years ago skinned lambs
then just used the cheapest crap spray on aftershave etc yer know the one yer aunt brought yer for xmas spray the lamb and a good spray up the ewes nose
if she is a arse. and done not want the lamb then. put it in her record that she's a arse
Does that really work as well? Week old lamb? Think my ewes are smarter than that
 

Six Dogs

Member
Location
Wiltshire
Think a lot depends on why the lamb died,ie if it was hungry because the ewe was unsure then she not gonna like the skin anymore?
If it’s a born dead and she’s licked it I’ll try but not always a given,obviously if it’s an older lamb and she’s stood over it calling for it great success
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
proper wet, 95%, skinning taking 5-7 days 95% on a twin.
Gut/split the dead lamb adoption on a twin 3-6 days 95% but the days will be reduced dramatically with the right ewe and if single etc
 

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