Lambing Difficulty can be the single biggest burden on sheep farms at lambing time. If lambs sired by a particular ram prove to be very hard lambing it can leave the farmer counting the financial loss of increased lamb mortality. Sheep Ireland use a 4 point scale to record Lambing Difficulty. See the table below for the descriptions of each point.
|1. Unassisted||Ewe lambed down totally unassisted|
|2. Voluntary Assistance||The lamb was pulled for convenience purposes, if the lambs chances of survival were increased due to human intervention then this would be a score 3 (Slight Assistance)|
|3. Slight Assistance||There was no adverse impact on the ewe or the lamb but the lambs chances of survival was increased due to human intervention - (reverse presentation/leg back etc.)|
|4. Significant Assistance||A prolonged intervention by farmer and/or vet, and/or noticeable subsequent impact on ewe and/or lamb performance. Without human intervention a dead ewe and/or lamb would have been the likely outcome.|
Watch the video below for more detail on how to accurately record Lambing Difficulty.