Using swadust in lambing pens

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Jim75, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Jim75

    Jim75 Member

    Location:
    Inverness
    Does anyone use sawdust in the little pens once they've lambed in there big groups? Have spoken in the past of doing it but discounted for various reasons. Couple folk have mentioned it recently so thought I would ask. Cheers
     
  2. _sheptastic

    _sheptastic Member

    Location:
    Leintwardine
    I wouldn't want to put wet lambs on sawdust.
     
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  3. Dave6170

    Dave6170 Member

    Location:
    Wick, caithness
    Dad uses sawdust in pens. But we lamb outside only problems come inside so theyre not used much....... Famous last words!
     
  4. Bones

    Bones Member

    Location:
    n Ireland
    A bit expensive and a bitch to clean out ,but it does work ,
     
  5. Works good in turn out pens once the lambs are dry. But wet lambs get caggled in it.
     
  6. Jim75

    Jim75 Member

    Location:
    Inverness
    Would it need to be kiln dried stuff if you were going to do it rather than the fresher stuff for bugs etc? Fresh stuff can be had for free. I'd think kiln dried stuff would put the cost way out compared to the fresh sawmill kind. The lambs getting caked in it has always been our worry but always looking for different ways
     
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  7. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    Shavings would be better and mix lime with it
     
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  8. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    I seem to remember reading about someone using pine shavings as lambing pen bedding, which apparently have a disinfecting effect too. Even though I have my own straw, I was considering trying some (if I can find a source) in my few pens.

    Edit: This stuff.....
    http://www.stockmaxshavings.com/sheep/
     
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  9. Jim75

    Jim75 Member

    Location:
    Inverness
    Did you get a price @neilo
     
  10. FE35

    FE35 Member

    Location:
    Cumbria
    Neighbour used it last year, wasn't a success lambs end up clagged up in it unless they were totally dry. Shavings may be better. In the end we used it with straw on top & it was quite good at making straw last longer
     
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  11. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    Not yet, might have a look see locally tomorrow.
     
  12. Joe

    Joe Member

    Location:
    Carlow Ireland
    Use shavings here for pet lambs great job, had to use it for few lambing pens in 2014 when straw was impossible to get total disaster. Sticks to lambs etc
     
  13. AvonValleyFarmer

    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Seen the pine shavings for £9.50 per 20kg, but that was from a horsey place so one would assume it could be got for less.

    Never heard of it for bedding sheep before though, might give it a try in the sick bay come lambing.
     
  14. Bones

    Bones Member

    Location:
    n Ireland
    Around £6 pound
     
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  15. Lazy Eric

    Lazy Eric Member

    We use pine shavings, find them very effective and handy to distribute from the plastic clad bale. , we paying about 4.30 a bale as we buy by the pallet. We have around 70 pens so the extra cost is absorbed by the ease of use.
     
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  16. Jim75

    Jim75 Member

    Location:
    Inverness
    How much will you use at lambing time? Got about 60 pens to bed up
     
  17. Gator

    Gator Member

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Only used sawdust when I used to forget to turn the tap off:banghead::banghead::banghead:

    Straw un lime(y)
     
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  18. llamedos

    llamedos Staff Member

    Location:
    Oop North ish
    Used to use it under straw mixed with lime in pre turnout pens if weather was bad. Ok, wouldn't use it in lambing pens.
     
  19. Lazy Eric

    Lazy Eric Member

    We lamb around 1300 all inside over about 2 months and use roughly 4- 5 pallets. 240ish bales .. not cheap I know but we have vet students and they find them easy to handle.
     
  20. _sheptastic

    _sheptastic Member

    Location:
    Leintwardine
    What's it like when your getting to the end of lambing or do you clean out after each ewe?
     

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