mismothering

mismothering

failure of the newborn to be matched up with its own mother, which is one of the hazards of raising animals in flocks and submitting them to intensive management with much human intervention. The problem can be a serious one in sheep flocks, especially with timid merino-type sheep, and many newborn lambs may be lost.
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Its figures for hill sheep mortality show that 95% of lambs deaths are caused by malnutition, disease and mismothering - 20% within the first one to three days of life.
All the ewes are lambed indoors which helps ensure there is no mismothering to maintain the accuracy of the tagging and to help support any new mum or weak lamb and to be able to assist in lambing if needs be.
We went out in the raging dark and somehow got all the ewes and lambs back into the shelter of the shed and never mind the mismothering.