Lambing essentials for first timer!!

Robin2020

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Livestock Farmer
I have 20 Mule Ewe lambs due 2nd week April. I will be lambing outside but live in the field in a caravan which should help. Looking for advice on equipment or anything really..

Things I have so far:

Purchased a big garage tent which will have 4 pens inside if required (running power to it for lights).
Just ordered a medium lambing kit which seems to have most bits https://www.tannertrading.co.uk/lambing-kits/essential-lambing-kit-medium/
Also went for a gambel restrainer as I will be on my own.
3 Teat feed bucket and a few bottles.
* Need tags and tagging tool

Anything else you can think of?? Especially as I am on my own...... Should I have injections at the ready?? A call to the vests is probably in order..
 

Jerry

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shumungus

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Livestock Farmer
There you go.
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I have 20 Mule Ewe lambs due 2nd week April. I will be lambing outside but live in the field in a caravan which should help. Looking for advice on equipment or anything really..

Things I have so far:

Purchased a big garage tent which will have 4 pens inside if required (running power to it for lights).
Just ordered a medium lambing kit which seems to have most bits https://www.tannertrading.co.uk/lambing-kits/essential-lambing-kit-medium/
Also went for a gambel restrainer as I will be on my own.
3 Teat feed bucket and a few bottles.
* Need tags and tagging tool

Anything else you can think of?? Especially as I am on my own...... Should I have injections at the ready?? A call to the vests is probably in order..
That looks like a decent wee kit. Glucose solution for injection would be a suggestion, to revive comatose lambs in conjunction with heating up. But if you're living right next to them and you've just the 20 to lamb the shouldn't be needed. Make sure that you know what you're doing with the stomach tube, though. You'll be doing well not to need antibiotic at some point.
 

Robin2020

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Livestock Farmer
Thanks guys that's some great advice. I will get making a warming box and watch some vids on how to use the new equipment properly.
Catching them if in trouble is a worry. They come for food but I doubt that will work when in mid birth!!
I agree that not getting involved too early will be key.
I will ring the vet and get the extra drugs suggested too. They are a fair drive so having the kit here is vital.
 
I have a warming box, with a fan heater blowing into it, does anyone know where I could get a thermostat, that would work with the 13amp plug (plug the 3kw fan heater into the thermostat plug), I have seen them on amazon, but they can't cope with the 3kw fan, it's too high. I have used the warming box with calves too, and it works great. I try to keep the temperature in the box at 40 degrees C.

By the way, important to dry the lamb off before putting it in the box, otherwise the latent heat of evaporation off the wet lamb will chill the lamb further
 

shumungus

Member
Livestock Farmer
I have a warming box, with a fan heater blowing into it, does anyone know where I could get a thermostat, that would work with the 13amp plug (plug the 3kw fan heater into the thermostat plug), I have seen them on amazon, but they can't cope with the 3kw fan, it's too high. I have used the warming box with calves too, and it works great. I try to keep the temperature in the box at 40 degrees C.

By the way, important to dry the lamb off before putting it in the box, otherwise the latent heat of evaporation off the wet lamb will chill the lamb further
Horstmann HRT3 | HRT Room Thermostat 5-35°C 13A 250V | Rexeluk
 

puppet

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Livestock Farmer
Location
sw scotland
To catch them make a funnel along a fence line. Maybe 40 foot of netting in a dog leg then a gate to shut behind her. 6 foot hurdle and plenty string. Any sheep in the pen will attract her in. Alternatively just chase her until one of you collapses.
Is there a friendly farmer you can call on for a wee help and tuition if any problems?
A cheap warming box is an old feed tub, hair dryer and newspapers to insulate the lamb.
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Robin2020

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Livestock Farmer
Nice sketch Puppet 👍. I have 50m of netting so can copy that fairly easily.
AIR - fox tar sounds interesting. They are a big worry here for sure.
 

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