A shepherd with many years of experience raising lambs tells how to best survive the most critical time of the year.
Raising lambs is a joy when the newborns are healthy, like these specimens.
PHOTO: ELORA McKENZIE
When tagging a lamb, hang the label so that the ear has room to grow.
A halter will restrain a ewe when a young lamb is learning to nurse.
A plastic LamDry raincoat may look silly, but it can help a baby sheep survive harsh weather.
Lambing records such as this one provide a wealth of information, though some of the headings on the form may not be self-explanatory. "Color" identifies whiteface or blackface offspring. "Graft" refers to the technique of transferring an orphaned lamb to a surrogate mother. In this case, one newborn was grafted to green-tagged No. 130. "Oxy" is our shorthand label for a drug, oxytocin, sometimes administered to initiate milk flow. "Asst." denotes that the mother needed birthing assistance. And "turned out" marks the date the lamb and ewe were moved out to open pasture.
A 60cc syringe and rubber catheter are handy for feeding starving newborns