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Post getting ready to lamb
Things have been reving up out atthe farm the last couple of weeks preparing for lambing and I noticed in the cow section someone asking how do you you tell when the cows are ready to give birth and as we were sorting out Sheep out between those about to lamb and those still a little way off I grabbed some pictures.

Not ready to give birth

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Due very soon

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Also what is not evident in the photos is the position of the lamb - as with humans the lamb "drops" prior to birth as well and can be noticed most prominatly just in fron of the hips becomes almost concave where as earlier in the pregnacy the lamb sits higher and fills out the back of the mother.

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Excellent photos, very informative way to capture what to expect!
You're rapidly making the change to excellent farmer Bernie...

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I took nearly 50 photos to get those two - the little buggers just dont stand still.....

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If you were trying to photograph my intimate parts not sure I would stand still either... ;)

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Cai wrote:
If you were trying to photograph my intimate parts not sure I would stand still either... ;)


:lol: :lol: :lol:

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I think that is an excellent example of what Cai referred to as "bagged up" in the cattle section!

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You should have seen them when we were squeezing their udders trying to refine the selection down even more :shock:
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Post Re: getting ready to lamb
Good photos. Very informative.

Quick question: How long does it take for the ewes to go from photo 1 to photo 2 (i.e.: as they get close to birth do they bag up and drop quickly or is progression noticeable over a matter of a week or two)?

The reason I ask is that we are waiting on our maiden ewes to lamb and am trying to judge how far away they are (given they currently look more like photo 1 then photo 2).


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Hey Chooka sorry for the delay Ive been trying to find out :roll:

as it turns out the mob of sheep those photos were taken from has so far only produced a coupl eof lambs todate and they were due around the begining of the month they are a cross breed. While others which were due a week or two later have already lambed. So it would appear it depends on the breed of sheep. So it appears to be very subjective and taking to an old sheep farmer the concept of trying to pick which will lamb when is debatable as to its effectivness.

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With the lambs starting pop out there is those that have problems (aside from foxes and freezing cold)


Some of these photos are not very pleasent :(

Prolaps - unfortunately there appears to be not much that can be done for this ewe though I have recently heard about a device that can be attached to the back of the sheep after everything is pushed back in to hold things in place untill the lamb is born.

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Stuck lamb - the poor lamb has its head comming out first and gets stuck - its been like this for some time note the size of the head and tounge.

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after a helping hand ( i have a video of the process :o) the lamb has been stuck for some time and has emptied its bowls which is the cause of the yellow colour :puker
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While it looks rather grim at this stage later in the day with a bit of a hand to latch on
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The head swelling will go down after period of time and all should be well.

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