Tuesday, February 5, 2013

lambing supplies

All this talk of yeaning lambs and my thoughts have turned to our own flock. Time for me to bring in the lambing supply boxes, go through them, and clean and toss and reorder, to make sure we are ready to go when the time comes in about six weeks.

In case it is helpful to anyone else, I'll share our list. People organize their supplies differently, but because we bring our ewes close to or into the barn to lamb, we keep our supplies in lidded boxes (to keep them clean and grouped together) on shelves in the barn. Some people keep them in bags to make it easy to carry everything out to the field, some people use a plastic tote... Bottom line, the best method of organizing and storing is the one that makes sense for your particular operation.

We have two boxes for lambing time: one for the obstetrical supplies, and one for the lambs. Obviously there is some overlap between the two.

For possible obstetrical issues, we keep the following supplies on hand, and pray we don't have to use them:
  • Bar-Vac CD&T vaccine (stored in refrigerator, given 4-6 weeks before lambing)  
  • LA-200 or preferred antibiotic (stored at room temp in house)
  • Nutridrench                                     
  • 3 & 6 cc syringes        
  • ½” needles
  • Superlube/ Obstetrical lube
  • Prep soap (to clean hands)
  • Obstetrical/exam gloves
  • Calcium Gluconate
  • Dextrose Solution 50%
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Udder balm
  • Lamb puller
  • Book on lambing/kidding positions (Laura Lawson, Managing Your Ewe)

For managing the lambs:
  • Iodine/Triodine
  • Naval dip cup for iodine
  • Alcohol
  • Scissors
  • Suction bulb
  • Probiotic paste           
  • Selenium E Gel
  • Vitamin B injectable
  • Feeding bottle
  • Pritchard nipples
  • Stomach tube
  • Stomach syringe
  • Clean baby food jar (to milk into)
  • O-rings
  • Elastrator
  • Lamb sling
  • Weighing scale
  • Thermometer
  • Dried colostrum
  • Milk replacer/goat’s milk
  • Blow dryer
  • Clean towels
  • Heat lamp
  • Lamb coats (cold weather)
  • Book on lamb issues (Laura Lawson, Lamb Problems)
Most of the items on the lamb list we do need, whether we are having problems or not, because we use them to care for all the lambs after they are born. I will go into that procedure tomorrow!

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