Lambing Difficulty: Not difficult to record!!

Lambing Difficulty: Not difficult to record!!

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.

Lambing DifficultyDescription
1. UnassistedEwe lambed down totally unassisted
2. Voluntary AssistanceThe 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 AssistanceThere 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 AssistanceA 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.

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