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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.