Lambing Placement 2022

I am a 2nd year veterinary student at Harper and Keele veterinary school looking for a placement for 5 or 10 days. I am located in Kent but have my own car if accommodation is available. I have previous experience lambing and am fine working alone or in a team during the season. Due to scheduling issues I am only available 21st-31st of March but will make the most of any time I can get lambing.
Thank you
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
I always wonder why terms and exams mean all of the lambing students are all available in that annoying time of year between when most indoor lambing finishes and before outdoor lambing starts.
Yes so do I, they’d learn far more 2/3 weeks at a good farm than they would in a classroom so if someone finds a good placement they should be allowed to go for it when that farm needs them - if it’s 2 weeks pre half term then that student could be on farm for a month, they’d learn an awful lot more! Lambing is the easy part with looking after sheep, it’s when lambs are 2-14 weeks old the work is needed that can’t be taught in a book - dosing/bolusing/dagging/feet/grading etc..
 
Yes so do I, they’d learn far more 2/3 weeks at a good farm than they would in a classroom so if someone finds a good placement they should be allowed to go for it when that farm needs them - if it’s 2 weeks pre half term then that student could be on farm for a month, they’d learn an awful lot more! Lambing is the easy part with looking after sheep, it’s when lambs are 2-14 weeks old the work is needed that can’t be taught in a book - dosing/bolusing/dagging/feet/grading etc..
Agree 100%, let’s be honest there isn’t that much to lambing sheep inside, and two weeks in a shed lambing mules isn’t exactly setting you up for the industry of the future.
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Agree 100%, let’s be honest there isn’t that much to lambing sheep inside, and two weeks in a shed lambing mules isn’t exactly setting you up for the industry of the future.
I’ve had students and workers that have done 7-14 days of being treated like a slave in a shed. Even if we have a lot of problems in and out we never leave the same person for a second day in the shed, tend to blitz it 2-3 times a day with a few of us and then head back outside, far less depressing!
 

Anymulewilldo

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cheshire
Agree 100%, let’s be honest there isn’t that much to lambing sheep inside, and two weeks in a shed lambing mules isn’t exactly setting you up for the industry of the future.
That’s probably the daftest thing I’ve seen you write on here. It depends if you are on vet students or Agric students? Vet students have come here on second year placement after a first year outdoor lambing one. Learnt bugger all about lambing sheep, but done lots of shedding families off. That’s the sort of thing an Agric student needs too be learning. The vets should be in sheds learning how too deal with the problem ones! You don’t call the vet out if everything is going fine outdoors? (Personally I don’t call the vet out for lambing sheep full stop but plenty do) and too be honest the sheep industry of the future I think will have less vet involvement than it does now. 🤷🏻‍♂️
I know of a few outfits who do treat students as slaves. Both indoor and outdoor. It boils my pee, it really does. They are there too learn, Not be someone’s laccy. Much better too treat them as part of the family and not expect them too work as hard as you. (Although it’s nice when they try) I did have a pair last year when we were on the ewe lambs, pretty useless. I didn’t miss them when they went. That’s very unusual.
 

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