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Good hygiene strategy can help reduce lamb losses

January 30, 2020 by  
Filed under Livestock

Simple steps to improve hygiene when preparing sheds for lambing can significantly reduce losses by improving mortality rates.

The majority of lamb deaths happen within 48 hours of birth. Each incident has been calculated to cost about £20-25 per lost lamb. But many postnatal disease outbreaks can be avoided by paying special attention to hygiene awareness in the run-up to lambing.

“A focus on hygiene during lambing is one of the simplest and most economical ways to reduce lamb losses,” says BASF adviser Helen Ainsworth. If possible farmers should disinfect both sheds and equipment thoroughly between each ewe, she adds.

“Approximately a third of losses in lowland flocks occur in the neonatal period and most are the result of diseases that can be prevented by keeping the shed or lambing area clean and disinfected,” explains Ms Ainsworth.

Pressure washing

To make the most of disinfectant, all accommodation should be thoroughly disinfected before the start of lambing. This is best achieved by pressure washing the sides and floors of the pens with a quality detergent before spraying with a disinfectant.

Any sick ewes should be isolated and penned separately before lambing. Once lambing begins, lambs that show signs of disease should also be separated and treated according to their symptoms. This will reduce the risk to other ewes and lambs during the lambing period.

Clean overalls should be worn at all times where possible and boosts should be regularly dipped in disinfectant. Before entering the shed, it is also good practice to wash hands with a bactericidal soap, especially when examining ewes or lambs and assisting with lambing.

Lambing equipment – including water bowls, teats and milk dispensers – should be stored in a clean bucket containing a 1:250 solution of disinfectant. This should be changed regularly to prevent the build-up of bacteria.

Pens should also be mucked out and disinfected regularly. Ideally, old bedding should be removed and replenished with generous amounts of fresh bedding daily.

Problems such as watery mouth and joint ill can both can be prevented by lambing in a hygienic environment, says Ms Ainsworth.“Farmers can reduce losses by simply keeping their sheds and equipment clean by using a disinfectant properly this season.”

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