Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Entropion in lambs
Today my friend/vet came back to check on Freda and to see Annie's little one, or maybe not so little. On, said friend, entering the stable all I heard was " Sandra she is HUGE ! " So maybe I was justified in giving Annie at little helping hand to bring her lamb into the world.
Unfortunately it seems Annie's lamb has entropion (turned in lower eye lids ) in both eyes, causing them to continuously weep. I have been rolling the lower eyelid out hoping this will help the condition to correct itself. Sometimes it works, sometimes in a few days as the lamb develops a pad of fat under the lid it does corrects itself. If by Thursday I see no improvement in the condition the lamb will be injected with 1ml of penicillin under each eyelid. I just hope it sorts itself before then.
Entropion is thought to be genetic and so breeding from sheep with this condition is not recommended. As this lamb is destined for the freezer, as long as it rights itself for welfare issues, it isn't a problem. Also as Annie has had three previous lambs without the condition I am confident that I can still breed from her. Interestingly we used a different ram this year.
As for Freda she is fine now, no sign of a limp. If it was her feet or nerve weakness from having the lambs, I don't know, what matters is that she looks a lot more comfortable than she did a couple of days ago.
Now if only the rain would stop both ewes and lambs could go outside..I think they may tomorrow regardless.