LAMBING IS FINISHED FOR 2013 AND ROSTON POLO HAS FATHERED SOME TREMENDOUS LAMBS

Roston Polo

Roston Polo

Lambing started with Blackie producing twin ewe lambs at 11pm, on 17 March, the day she was due. Not to be out done and because she wasn’t allowed to have Blackie’s lambs, Tap delivered her own twin ewe lambs at 3am, on 18 March after waiting for me to go to bed for 2 hours. I had been quite anxious about her lambing because she had a difficult lambing in 2011 resulting in her lambs dying at birth and she had been barren in 2012. However, she delivered all on her own and was busy bonding with her daughters by the time I arrived back in the lambing shed. Priscilla waited until 19 March to produce her first lambs, a huge ram lamb followed by his sister who needed some assistance due to her having a leg back. I spotted this problem early and quickly intervened to bring the leg forward and deliver the lamb. Whilst the lamb was of a good size and had not been unduly stressed by its birth, she failed to get up on her feet and due to the deteriorating weather she was beginning to show signs of hypothermia. I made the decision to take her away from her Mum, to get her warmed up and to feed her some colostrum. After a bit of a battle, she seemed to be improving and by the following morning she was feeding well from a bottle, but this was not to last and she died that evening having never got to her feet. There appeared to be no obvious physical reason for her not to stand, (schmallenberg always at the back of my mind), but Priscilla had never paid her much attention so I believe she knew that there was something very wrong and she would not survive. Continue reading

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