Annie has finally lambed!! After a weekend of moaning, groaning and heavy breathing she eventually produced a large ewe lamb, with a little help, at 12.15 am this morning. Both are doing well.
Yesterday a friend/vet came to see the new arrivals and to check out Freda. Since lambing Freda has been lame on one of her hind legs and I was worried if it got worse she wouldn't stand to feed her lambs. We trimmed her feet and sprayed them just in case there was any infection, but the most likely cause is a result of the lambs pressing on a nerve, before or during birth. She will be watched for the next 48 hours to see if there is any improvement, if not we may consider an antibiotic injection. For now it is just a case of watch and wait.
We also castrated the ram lamb and docked both of their tails. Two procedures I am still not entirely comfortable with. The Zwartbles have very thin, wool less tails so docking isn't necessary, however crossing with a Suffolk ram often produces lambs with very thick, woolly tails, prone to fly strike. I also question how necessary castration is. It's done now, but I need to give it more thought before next year.
Freda's lambs are doing so well. Every year it amazes me how quickly they start to jump around and play. I have a feeling Frank is going to be a bundle of trouble.
Tomorrow afternoon I shall put both the ewes and lambs together, for now they are in separate pens. If it isn't raining too hard they will be able to go outside. I always feel they do so much better once out in the fresh air and on grass.