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|Kelley||Posted 05/02/12 04:02PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Yesterday morning one of our ewes ha her lamb. He was nursing great yesterday and last night but now today the ewe is kicking him off and walking around when he tries to nurse. Is this just because she is in pain in her udders because they are full? Is it normal for them to do this? She is a first timer. We have been going down and holding the ewe so that he can nurse easily about every hour. |
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 05/02/12 05:50PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|we had a first timer do this too, we kept her in the jug extra long time to get used to the lamb, also we made sure the lamb got milk, the only time the ewe would let it nurse is when she was eating. Now they are great the ewe doesn't want her lamb out of her sight, we did supplement the lamb a little with milk.
|DonD1||Posted 05/02/12 06:03PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Several possible reasons. Jim hit a common one with ewe lambs. Usually within a day they bond.
Other possible causes
- sharp teeth on the lamb. Everyone in a while it pays to file the teeth down
- Ewe is developing mastitis and as you speculated the udder hurts. Our drug of choice for early action is Tylson 200 sp?, 12 cc's. When I've cultured mastitis milk in the past this has shown to be effective. Our most effective drug is Micotil but only I'm allowed to give that on our place. If she has a fever I'd be very confident that this is the problem.
- Udder injury - an inspection will usually reveal this
- My wife thinks putting udder balm on the ewe helps. We have a much different opinion on this topic as I don't think any ewe has a deficiency for this and I'd rather fix the cause.
|Kelley||Posted 05/02/12 06:07PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|How can I figure out if she has mastitis?|
|EmsoffLambs||Posted 05/02/12 06:18PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Feel the udder. One side will feel warmer than the other. She will likely be more sensitive on that side as well. You can also milk out some milk and see if it's chunky. Take her temperature as well as mastitis also can cause a fever. Most likely, in a first timer that just lambed yesterday, it's not mastitis, but never hurts to check.|
|TXsheepRaiser||Posted 05/02/12 06:19PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|She may have a sore teet since shes a first timer|
|TXsheepRaiser||Posted 05/02/12 06:19PM Changed 05/02/12 06:19PM|
|Kelley||Posted 05/02/12 06:19PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Okay. Thanks so much!|
|DonD1||Posted 05/02/12 06:20PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Take her temp - over 103 high probability
Feel the udder if very sensitive - high probability
It's one of those things if you treat early it's better than waiting to know for sure and having a blown out udder and dead lamb
|Kelley||Posted 05/02/12 06:20PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Okay that is what came to my mind. Thanks Tyler!|
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 05/02/12 07:43PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|my dad always said if you to know if the cow has mastitis taste the milk, if it taste salty she has it. don't know if thats right but he sure knew his dairy cattle|
|TXsheepRaiser||Posted 05/02/12 08:21PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Did you ever try it James? lol|
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 05/03/12 10:40AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
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