Stomach Tubing a Lamb

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
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14 days is the longest I’ve tubed a lamb for before it would take a bottle, tubed a month old that’s mum died while it waited for another but they tend to chew through the pipe if your not quick
 
I tubed one for three weeks a couple of years ago. It became a a point of principle that he would leave the farm and I would receive money in return. I got a warm glow the day he went up the ramp. Not something that I would like to repeat but after you get it so far...

Some that get badly hypothermic/hypoglycaemic seem to take ages to warm up/revive properly. However, I would agree with comments above that you're best at times to cut your losses.
 
I only milk stomach tube for 1.5 days max. After that I use the rehydration salts for 2 days max. Usually if it doesnt improve after that there is either bacteria problem in gut. I find 1ml pen and strep oral. I would of thought stomach tubing milk is bad for the guts. If a lamb isnt sucking on 3rd day there is an issue. My routine is jab with vit E and B complex, couple of squirts of the lamb life saver. oral pen & strep. Jab of ABs, followed by yogurt in mouth. No improvement on day 3 no chance. Ive done well on this system saved most of them only 1 was too poorly.
 
I had a vet told me anything longer than a day or 2 will kill the lamb, in practice I’ve gone much longer also

Yeah surely its the same as doing a calf you only tube feed colostrum followed by salts. Putting milk direct into a calf causes bacteria growth and bad guts. Ive done this good job the vet put me right. Ive taken this principal in lambs and saved more this year.
 

Agrivator

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What various techniques do folk use to activate the sucking action in a lamb (or calf).

It's an involuntary action, and for some lambs or calves, only the presence of their dams or a very experienced human who can mimic their dams will activate it.

So how do you mimic their dams? It's not easy, for eg, how do you manage to hold a bottle, create a cradle to resemble the mother's groin, and lick their arses, all at the same time?
 

Kiwi Pete

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Livestock Farmer
What various techniques do folk use to activate the sucking action in a lamb (or calf).

It's an involuntary action, and for some lambs or calves, only the presence of their dams or a very experienced human who can mimic their dams will activate it.

So how do you mimic their dams? It's not easy, for eg, how do you manage to hold a bottle, create a cradle to resemble the mother's groin, and lick their arses, all at the same time?
Was having an interesting chat with a guy about this in cattle ^^^ he keeps horned cattle (biodynamic: the best cows have horns) and said the first thing a cow does is jab the calf in about the second-last rib, with the tip of her horn, and then calf gulps and this begins the suck reflex.

I guess 'we' bred away their ability to do this?

Short of kicking it in the scone, maybe a wee poke in the ribs with your thumb - I will hopefully get to try it out before I'm done.

I made up a little rack to hold the bottles, back in the day we reared a heap of giveaway lambs, it hangs it a few inches off the floor on a good angle to crook their neck
 

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