Description of the Little Lambs

Lamb is a very vulnerable creature and requires maximum attention. She especially needs proper nutrition, the presence of a mother-sheep and grooming. To create a comfortable stay for lambs in the first days of life is the farmer's main concern.

Lamb Care Features

How to change the diet in the process of growing up lambs? Who can care for babies? What if lambs are raised without a uterus? How to organize care for a healthy and fleshy lamb? How much time should pass before weaning a child from mother? This article is dedicated to the answers to these questions.

Care after birth

There are cases when only born lambs did not survive after several hours of life. Why did this happen and what to do? Despite many factors independent of the farmer, the care of the livestock is an important condition for the development of animals. A ram and a sheep, the parents of the newborn lambs, should be examined. Knowing the approximate date when the lambs can laminate, it is necessary to prepare a crib or barn for lambs in advance.

Lambs shed

Main conditions: compliance with cleanliness, the presence of a thick layer of hay or other warming substances and low humidity. The optimum temperature regime in the pen should be in the range from 18 to 25 ° C.

What is the plan of action after resolving the sheep from the burden? The farmer is required to:

  • check the condition of the sheep and its internal organs;
  • clean the lamb cavity from accumulated mucus with a soft dry rag;
  • observe the ewe, she must lick the cub; also 5-7 hours after the birth of the baby, she should have a last;
  • cut the umbilical cord from a clean lamb to 7-9 cm, after processing with iodine.

When the ewe left the placenta, she develops a strong thirst, which is allowed to quench only with warm boiled water every 2-3 hours. The farmer is obliged to wash the udder and express a little colostrum, because healthy lambs will want to eat in 15-25 minutes and will try mom's milk. Lambs are admitted to the uterus immediately after checking the status of both.

For feeding, it is advisable to use only sterile dishes. Any contact with bacteria can be fatal. Meals should be distributed very deliberately and, if possible, feed daily at the same time.

How to properly feed

It is necessary to constantly monitor the condition of the lambs and their behavior. If the baby grinds his teeth, this may be an indicator of white muscle disease or ataxia. You should check whether the lamb falls, how it behaves in the pen, what kind of breathing it has. Toddlers are prone to poisoning, the first symptom of which is that the baby grinds his teeth, has cramps and poor coordination. In this case, it is better to seek the help of a veterinarian.

Factors Affecting Toddler Weight

Any farmer knows that the liveliness of a lamb directly depends on the way of life of the ewe. It is essential that the sheep is kept warm and that the nutritional requirements are met. Other factors that affect the live weight of young lambs are the following:

  • breed with the help of which lambs are distinguished according to various criteria, including the issue of weight;
  • the gender of the newborn, because usually the males are larger in comparison with the females;
  • the size of the uterus of the sheep in which the fetus develops;
  • the number of cubs in the offspring, because not every sheep is able to go out and feed more than 3 babies;
  • the age of the pregnant sheep: young give medium-sized lambs with weak immunity;
  • the right diet, on which the weight of the unborn baby depends.

Small lambs with low weight develop much worse than large ones. They have slowed down the process of puberty, there may be difficulties with complementary foods and walking. They need to be carefully monitored so that after weaning from the sheep they can exist normally.

Artificial Feeding

The farmer should divide the feeding during artificial feeding into conventional parts lasting several days or weeks. Be sure when babies are born, it is necessary to determine their purpose: suitability for dairy or down production. For what? The ration for both cases is different and if the target definition is incorrect, you may not get the desired result.

Feeding lamb milk

If it was decided to raise lambs for future milk, then the first important period is 2 weeks after birth, during which you need to drink the baby according to a certain schedule. The main requirement is to give the lamb warm or warmed milk in a bottle about 5-6 times a day with a break of 3 hours. It should be kept slightly below the location of the head for the convenience of an animal that eats slowly and in small quantities. Bottles and nipples are excellent substitutes for udders with IV, which should be rubber.

Feed Dosage and Vitamin Supplements

The dosage in the first week is 100-150 g, in the second - 150-250 ml per day. Further, it is necessary to increase the consumption of the dairy product by 100 g weekly until one month of age. After the onset of the period from 3 to 6 weeks, it is necessary to introduce 4 meals a day, and with the seventh - 3 meals a day.

Studies by scientists have shown that the lamb also needs fat-containing foods. From a month of age, it is important to introduce mineral supplements presented:

  • bone meal;
  • salt;
  • fish oil;
  • chalk;
  • honey.

In their composition, they are rich in useful trace elements and vitamins. Their function is to strengthen the lamb bones and normalize the digestion and assimilation of food. Some of them are catalysts for the development of the muscle system of the animal, provided that the baby eats them well.

For 3 weeks, it is allowed to diversify the diet with root crops, which are important to give the lamb in small portions, grated or finely chopped. They are fed with additionally rolled grain, but not more than 30 g per 1 meal. Over time, the portions should increase by 50 g, and after the 30th week every day add 10 g.

It is also necessary to ensure that the baby’s stomach does not swell and does not provoke diarrhea. Attention should also be paid to how much and with what frequency the lamb eats, what behavior shows, etc. These factors may also indicate problems with the gastrointestinal tract.

Market demand

A fur coat of young lamb is in great demand in the car industry market. Castration combined with good care will make the fur silky, smooth and high quality.

The meat of small lambs is considered the most delicious and juicy in meat production. The use of mutton carcasses are increasingly new. Different organs and body parts are used in the preparation of barbecue, stews, for broth and soups, pilaf, roasting, etc. On average, one ram has a carcass weight of about 15-20 kg.

Properly chosen care is a necessity if the farmer wants the lamb to be sold, the lamb had good quality indicators, and the taste of milk was pleasant and sweet. The sale of products brings a good profit to the farmer.


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