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lambing

parturition in the ewe.

batch lambing
arranging for ewes to lamb in groups preselected on the basis of their breeding date. Maximizes use of labor in intensive lambing management aimed at minimizing losses of lambs at lambing.
drift lambing
as ewes in a big flock lamb they are moved off into other groups so that management can be intensified with the residue.
extensive lambing
the ewes are left to lamb unattended on extensive range. There is the least possible harassment, suitable for the timid merinos usually maintained in these conditions, but no opportunity to assist a ewe in trouble, an uncommon occurrence in this kind of sheep.
lambing out
the act of supervising and caring for the ewes in a flock during parturition.
lambing paralysis
see maternal obstetric paralysis.
lambing rate
numbers of lambs born per hundred ewes mated.
lambing sickness
see milk fever.
lambing stain
a yellow-to-brown stain of the escutcheon and backs of the legs caused by placental fluids, an indication that the ewe has recently lambed. A valuable guide in the culling technique of wet-drying the ewes.
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Based on Node 7 and 8, to decrease the lamb mortality rate, we propose that mating should be scheduled in such a way that lambing does not occur in February.
Lambing time is probably the most intense time for a sheep farmer (even one who only has 14 ewes) but it is certainly the most rewarding.
The benefits of lambing twice a year was that we had "holiday" lambs that sold well to the ethnic market for winter festivities and yet had breeding stock for sale old enough to breed in the fall.
Even with such a tight lambing period, we started checking on the sheep every two hours round-the-clock over a week before their due date and by the time we had lambed the last sheep, we were exhausted.
The study, "Making Every Lamb Count", found that a large proportion of pre-lambing losses (14-16%) were due to the ewes dying before or during lambing.
Investing in lambing equipment makes sound economic sense when you consider that it can help avoid the huge financial impact of losses to infection and complications,' said livestock care and management specialist, Huw Gruffydd.
At lambing time, my wife and I tend to take it in turns to do checks every two hours and sure enough, at 5am on Wednesday, our first lambs were born.
This in turn can affect lamb losses and labour demands at lambing with considerable impact on returns.
For those flocks breeding replacements, Eblex has published a simple system to improve both ewe and ram selection by scoring each birth for lambing ease, mothering ability and lamb vigour.
Giving ewes booster vaccinations four to six weeks before lambing as part of a clear health plan, that includes risk assessments for pneumonia, coccidiosis, nematodirus, worms, clostridial diseases and orf, would also be beneficial.
We have tried various continental breeds but we found the Charollais is able to give us the weight we want at the required age and the Charollais has come into its own through ease of lambing, particularly when lambing hoggs," said Richard.