Care of newborn lambs

Nearly 20 percent of lambs die before weaning. Eighty percent of those losses occur during the first 10 days. Good baby lamb care can significantly increase the number of lambs raised by ewes in the flock. A realistic goal would be to limit lamb mortality to 4 to 5 percent. Lambing jugs (pens) After the […]

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Livestock guardians

According to a USDA NAHMS study, 45 percent of sheep farms in the United States use livestock guardians to protect their sheep and lambs from predation. Of those reporting the use of guardians, 29.6 percent use guardian dogs; 14.2 percent use llamas; and 11.4 percent use donkeys. Guardian Dogs Guardian dogs (or livestock protection dogs) […]

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