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LAMBS

Selecting Your Lamb

  • Structural Correctness:

    • A lamb should travel smoothly and stand wide on both front and rear legs.
    • The legs should stand out on the corners and be placed squarely under the body.
    • He should have a level top and smooth, square rump.
    • Moderate to heavy bone with strong, short pasterns.
  • Muscle:
     
    • When viewed from the rear, a lamb should appear square hipped and the widest part of the leg should be the stifle area.
    • The lamb should have a thick, wide back and a loin that is naturally deep, as well as firm-handling.
    • He should be moderately wide through the chest floor and have a prominent forearm muscle.
  • Volume and Capacity:  (This is the relationship of body length to depth and width.)
    • Market lambs should be long-bodied with adequate depth and spring of rib.
    • Avoid lambs that are narrow based and flat ribbed.
  • Style and Balance:  (This is how all the body parts of a lamb blend together.  Also known as eye-appeal.) 
    • When viewed on a profile, market lambs should have a smooth shoulder, level top, deep flank, trim middle and erect head and neck coming out of the top of the shoulder.

Health

  • Your lambs should have received a Bo-Se injection (injectable selenium) before you purchase them. They should also have received 2 CD-T vaccinations prior to your purchase. If your lambs have not received vaccinations, your veterinarian can help you.
  • Market lambs should be healed from docking and castration when you receive them.
  • When purchasing your lambs, keep them on same feed for 7-10 days. You may need to purchase a small amount of feed from the breeder.
  • Deworm your lambs monthly. Follow label directions for proper withdrawal times.
  • Check fecal samples at least twice during the feeding period to make sure worm populations and coccidiosis are under control.          

Pen Space

  • Let your lambs get used to their new surroundings.
  • Pen should have a minimum of 30 sq. ft. per individual lambs. (50 sq. ft. for 2 lambs) Make sure the pen is clean, dry, and draft free, preferably with drylot (not pasture).
  • Feeder should be 1 linear foot per lamb and should be at shoulder height. Do not feed on the floor.
  • Feeders can be slightly elevated to encourage muscle development of hindquarters.  Have lambs place front feet on a small platform approximately 8-9” tall or lambs can stand on an incline of a 30o angle (also about 8-9” tall).
  • Fresh water should be provided in 8-12 quart pail; not a 5-gallon bucket. Change water at least twice daily to keep it clean, cool and fresh.

 

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