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Trainees will learn about the importance of preparation for lambing time, including discussion of pros and cons of housing for lambing, nutrition, body condition scoring and what equipment is necessary.

Learning outcomes:

  • Adequately prepare themselves and their flock for lambing time.

  • Understand the importance of good nutritional management to a successful lambing season.

  • Understand the importance of prevention of clostridial diseases using vaccination.

  • Understand the normal lambing process.

  • Know when it is appropriate to intervene in parturition and when to get veterinary advice.

  • Recognise the common pre-lambing problems problems in sheep and lambs and know the appropriate treatments for each condition.

  • Describe the preventative strategies for each of the common pre-lambing conditions.

  • Describe the common causes of ovine abortion.

  • Describe the methods for investigating and reducing the incidence of abortion.