first time lambing assistant

first time lambing assistant

Friday, 11 March 2016


This poor ewe is blind due to Toxaemia. We found her stumbling around the field and she was did not move away from us when we moved towards her. I am bottle feeding water to her and making sure she has glucose every day together with hay and sheep nuts.

Toxaemia occurs when the ewe does not get enough energy towards the end of the pregnancy where the foetuses use up the carbohydrate stores.

All we can do is make sure she has lots of TLC and hope she gives birth soon.

If she does not get better after she has given birth, we have been advised that it would be more humane to euthanise her. We would obviously not like to resort to this, but it is better than letting her suffer.

On a good note, the lamb which had to be nursed back to health in the Aga was returned to his mum on the same day and is doing really well.

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