Saving lambs this spring is all about being well prepared, having the right gear and knowing when to offer or seek help.
A few hours before lambing, a ewe will move away from the main flock to find a quiet birth site.
Rearing a pet lamb can be a great experience and it’s especially rewarding if you’ve saved a young lamb from starvation and exposure.
With today's more fertile sheep breeds, inevitably there are more lambs born, which everyone thinks is a good thing.
Before you get the rings out to castrate your lambs this Spring, decide if it’s a wise move to turn them into wethers.
When a ewe is preparing to lamb, she’ll try to find a quiet spot for a birth site.
Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this she will not take a lamb that smells differently.
Sheep have generally very good vision. The position of the eye allows for wide peripheral vision – with each eye they can span some 145° with each eye.