Practical Lambing and Lamb Care: A Veterinary Guide, 3rd Edition
November 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
This fully revised new edition of Practical Lambing and Lamb Care attempts to unravel this complex subject by providing practical guidance and information on all aspects of lambing and lamb care. It covers the major diseases and problems in lambs, from poisoning to foot and mouth disease, and includes chapters on the health of the ewe (including abortion issues), preventative methods, lambing techniques and also considers animal welfare issues.
- A first aid manual for all sheep farmers and veterinary students, with essential information on improving lamb mortality and avoiding stress at lambing time
- New material on zoonotic infections, handling and storage of drugs, flock health plans, and considerations for organic producers
- Lots of colour photographs to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease
Preface to the second edition.
Preface to the third edition.
1. The newborn lamb;
Problems facing the 'perfect' lamb;
Constraints on lamb viability;
2. Lambing the ewe;
The normal lambing;
Approach to assistance;
Resuscitation of the newborn;
After an assisted lambing.
3. Problems in lambs;
Blowfly strike (myiasis);
Cerebrocortical necrosis (Polioencephalomalacia, CCN);
Daft lamb disease;
Eyelid (turned in);
Foot and mouth disease;
Liver abscess (Liver necrosis);
Pasteurellosis (enzootic pneumonia);
Pine (cobalt deficiency);
Slavers (Slavery mouth);
Stiff lamb disease (Muscular dystrophy, White muscle disease);
Urinary calculi (Stones);
Vitamin E deficiency;
Watery mouth (Rattle belly, Slavers, Slavery mouth);
White muscle disease;
4. Problems in ewes;
Abdominal hernia (ruptures);
Hypocalcaemia (Lambing sickness, Milk fever, Parturient paresis);
Hypomagnesaemia (Grass staggers, Lactation tetany);
Pregnancy toxaemia (Twin lamb disease);
5. Abortion in ewes;
6. Prevention of problems;
Prevention of problems in ewes;
Prevention of problems in lambs;
Assessment of losses;
Ewe body-conditioning scoring;
Prevention of problems in organic management systems.
7. Techniques for treating newborn lambs;
Diagnosis of problems;
Feeding the newborn lamb;
Administration of drugs;
Warming hypothermic lambs;
Care of the weak lamb;
Ear tagging and electronic identification;
Giving an enema.
8. Welfare at lambing;
Relevant United Kingdom legislation;
Problems in lambs;
Problems in ewes;
Lambing equipment checklist.
Useful internet addresses.
- A first aid manual for all sheep farmers and veterinary students, with essential information on improving lamb mortality and avoiding stress at lambing time;
- New material on zoonotic infections, handling and storage of drugs, ‘non-veterinary’ sample collection, implementation of flock health plans and considerations for organic producers;
- Lots of colour photographs to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease.
This book would be of interest to animal producers, veterinarians and veterinary and agricultural students.
CAB Abstracts, 2005
"The inclusion of simple diagrams and clear instruction make this a useful reference for those caring for sheep as well as students."
"The book is easy to read, well laid out and would be a useful reference book for those caring for sheep."
Irish Veterinary Journal, 2005
"All sheep practices should have a copy and advise their sheep clients like-wise. If the information within this book were implemented on all sheep enterprises, the welfare of lambs would be significantly improved."
Veterinary Record, 2005