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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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.
The major causes are starvation, mismothering and exposure, (the SME complex) with death occuring one to two days after birth.