Lambing 2019

ltmc123

New Member
Looking for some advice please.
I have a gimmer (Texel cross) who is due to lamb twins anytime. She prolapsed about a week ago and we reinserted it, inserted a spoon and used a harness. We watched her for a couple of days and she was still pressing and struggling to urinate properly so we decided to readjust the spoon and harness to see if that helped her. We gave her backend a quick wash as she was smelling of urine and her wool was covered in it, she also had a little bit of bogey coloured discharge. A day after she was still the same, looking sad and pressing when lying down so we took everything off and my husband did an internal examination to check she wasn’t dilated. She wasn’t but when we let her up her prolapse stayed in without using the spoon or harness. So now it’s been 2 days with no harness or spoon and the prolapse is still inside and she is urinating normally now but when she lies down she still presses. Today I noticed she had some blood on her wool at her backend but she is showing no sign of lambing - still chewing her cud, eating, lying with the others and is not scratching at the floor! Her bag has been quite red for a week but her teats don’t look full: I’m confused?! Anybody come across this before? Not sure whether I should expect live lambs but I’m not hopeful, my worry is that she comes to lambing but will be too exhausted to push
 

yellowbelly

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Livestock Farmer
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N.Lincs
Looking for some advice please.
I have a gimmer (Texel cross) who is due to lamb twins anytime. She prolapsed about a week ago and we reinserted it, inserted a spoon and used a harness. We watched her for a couple of days and she was still pressing and struggling to urinate properly so we decided to readjust the spoon and harness to see if that helped her. We gave her backend a quick wash as she was smelling of urine and her wool was covered in it, she also had a little bit of bogey coloured discharge. A day after she was still the same, looking sad and pressing when lying down so we took everything off and my husband did an internal examination to check she wasn’t dilated. She wasn’t but when we let her up her prolapse stayed in without using the spoon or harness. So now it’s been 2 days with no harness or spoon and the prolapse is still inside and she is urinating normally now but when she lies down she still presses. Today I noticed she had some blood on her wool at her backend but she is showing no sign of lambing - still chewing her cud, eating, lying with the others and is not scratching at the floor! Her bag has been quite red for a week but her teats don’t look full: I’m confused?! Anybody come across this before? Not sure whether I should expect live lambs but I’m not hopeful, my worry is that she comes to lambing but will be too exhausted to push
IME, the nearer they get to lambing, the less chance there will be of prolapse - the lambs start to 'drop' and there's less pressure on the area that prolapses. In this part of the world we say "They've gone on their lockholes" - look for 'hollows' forming on front of her hook bones, it's usually a sure sign they are about to lamb. Her belly will get nearer to the ground too. As long as she's not straining and not dilated, I wouldn't worry.
If she's ok without a harness/spoon that's a bonus.

Personally I hate harnesses (strangled too many lambs when I've not been there). Never lost a lamb when they lamb past a spoon....
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..........somebody will be along in a minute to tell you the complete opposite :rolleyes:.

Be patient, she'll lamb when she's ready. Good luck.
 
I would say put the spoon back in and the harness back on. If she's wanting to prolapse, you might be riding your luck at the moment, you could find her with the whole lot pushed out. Never had a problem with one lambing with a harness on , they sometimes even have the lambs without anybody removing the spoon or the harness.

Sorry yellowbelly :unsure:
 

pine_guy

Member
Location
North Cumbria
And rain still at it this morning. Built an improvised pen in the straw barn yesterday to put ewes and lambs in, only had 8 out of 120, but we not due to start till tomorrow:confused: :rolleyes: Nothing but rain and snow in the forecast for the next week :(

On the up side, my £46 amazon wireless camera arrived yesterday and works a treat.
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ltmc123

New Member
IME, the nearer they get to lambing, the less chance there will be of prolapse - the lambs start to 'drop' and there's less pressure on the area that prolapses. In this part of the world we say "They've gone on their lockholes" - look for 'hollows' forming on front of her hook bones, it's usually a sure sign they are about to lamb. Her belly will get nearer to the ground too. As long as she's not straining and not dilated, I wouldn't worry.
If she's ok without a harness/spoon that's a bonus.

Personally I hate harnesses (strangled too many lambs when I've not been there). Never lost a lamb when they lamb past a spoon....
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..........somebody will be along in a minute to tell you the complete opposite :rolleyes:.

Be patient, she'll lamb when she's ready. Good luck.
Thanks for your advice, hopefully she is thinking about lambing
 

EJS

Member
Location
Ashford, Kent
And rain still at it this morning. Built an improvised pen in the straw barn yesterday to put ewes and lambs in, only had 8 out of 120, but we not due to start till tomorrow:confused: :rolleyes: Nothing but rain and snow in the forecast for the next week :(

On the up side, my £46 amazon wireless camera arrived yesterday and works a treat.
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Ooh can you put a link up for the camera? Looks ideal for my set up - was it easy to set up?
 

Gator

Member
Location
Lancashire
Looking for some advice please.
I have a gimmer (Texel cross) who is due to lamb twins anytime. She prolapsed about a week ago and we reinserted it, inserted a spoon and used a harness. We watched her for a couple of days and she was still pressing and struggling to urinate properly so we decided to readjust the spoon and harness to see if that helped her. We gave her backend a quick wash as she was smelling of urine and her wool was covered in it, she also had a little bit of bogey coloured discharge. A day after she was still the same, looking sad and pressing when lying down so we took everything off and my husband did an internal examination to check she wasn’t dilated. She wasn’t but when we let her up her prolapse stayed in without using the spoon or harness. So now it’s been 2 days with no harness or spoon and the prolapse is still inside and she is urinating normally now but when she lies down she still presses. Today I noticed she had some blood on her wool at her backend but she is showing no sign of lambing - still chewing her cud, eating, lying with the others and is not scratching at the floor! Her bag has been quite red for a week but her teats don’t look full: I’m confused?! Anybody come across this before? Not sure whether I should expect live lambs but I’m not hopeful, my worry is that she comes to lambing but will be too exhausted to push
As @yellowbelly said, just put the spoon back in, im on the same page, to many hung lambs much easier to slip past the spoon.
 

yellowbelly

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
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Perfect weather for the buggers getting farwelted here (very heavy showers soaking 'em and sunny intervals making them want to roll over and itch).

One group of 80 twins (due end of month) have had a different one every day for the last four days
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Bad pic this but you can just make out one in the distance joining in for a bit of 'synchronised farwelting' yesterday....
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