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Low Input Lambing & Kidding:

A Resource Guide for Managing Lambing and Kidding
Efficiently Without Sacrificing Animal Well Being
 

Acknowledgments
 
Introduction

 

 

 


Chapter 1- Relationships between Management Inputs, Season of Birthing and Herd Performance

Specific Objectives............................................................................................................................. 1
Why Lower Your Inputs for Lambing and Kidding................................................................................... 2
How does Season of Birthing Affect Birthing Inputs................................................................................ 3
How Does Labor Affect Mortality Rates................................................................................................. 6
Suggested Activities........................................................................................................................... 11

 

Chapter 2- Management Practices to Decrease Inputs at Lambing and Kidding

Specific Objectives .......................................................................................................................... 12
Planning Ahead to Lower Labor and Operating Costs .......................................................................... 13
Readying Dams and Facilities .......................................................................................................... 18
Checking for and Assisting Births ..................................................................................................... 18
If you use artificial heat .................................................................................................................... 22
Extra feeding, bedding and watering .................................................................................................. 24
Problem animals .............................................................................................................................. 25
Handling the Birthing Season ............................................................................................................ 26
A Review of Bonding in Goats and Sheep ........................................................................................... 28
Why do farmers use jugs? ................................................................................................................ 31
Artificial Rearing ............................................................................................................................... 34
Grafting newborns ............................................................................................................................ 36
Handling animals ............................................................................................................................. 40
Creep Feeding ................................................................................................................................. 41
Suggested Activities ......................................................................................................................... 42

 

Chapter 3- Is Pasture Birthing for You?

Specific Objectives............................................................................................................................ 43
Benefits of Pasture Lambing and Kidding............................................................................................. 44
Choosing a birthing pasture ............................................................................................................... 46
Set Stocking or Drift “Lambing”? ........................................................................................................ 48
Planning for inclement weather, mothering issues, predation and neighbors.......................................... 51
Handling birthing checks and management tasks................................................................................. 55
Heat stress....................................................................................................................................... 57
Internal parasites................................................................................................................................ 58
Selection and culling........................................................................................................................... 60
Summary.......................................................................................................................................... 61
Suggested Activities.......................................................................................................................... 61

Appendices

Appendix I "Example of an animal health SOP for entropion". ................................................................ 63
Appendix II "Example of an animal health SOP for joint ill"..................................................................... 64
Appendix III "Feeding a kid or lamb by stomach tube"........................................................................... 65
Appendix IV "Giving an intraperitineal injection (IP) of dextrose to a kid or lamb"...................................... 66
Appendix V "Flow chart on caring for weak kids or lambs"..................................................................... 67
AppendixVI " Sample lambing barn plan............................................................................................... 68