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Keeping sheep healthy and in shape requires good care. Shaving is a regular part of that. And if you want to have sheep lambed, keep that in mind when it comes to feeding and housing.
Discover the best tips for keeping ewes and a ram.
Why do you keep sheep? As a hobby, or for example for their coat? Many sheep farmers choose to have their animals lambed. They keep an eye on the breeding season and then intensify a number of elements of the care of the animals. And once the lambs are there, they also require the necessary care. They are fragile, need separate food and demand a lot from the mother sheep. If you have no experience with this, let a vet guide you.
By regularly performing a health check on your sheep, you will notice any health problems more quickly. For lambing it is important to do this extra check at the beginning of the breeding season. Check the following:
A sheep mainly eats grass and hay. This is also called roughage. Provide fresh grass and high-quality hay so that there are no poisonous plants in between. Supplementary feeding helps to replenish essential nutrients. For example, concentrate supports sheep during the breeding season and in the winter. There are special lamb chunks for lambs. With supplements you ensure better performance of your sheep.
Did you know that sheep drink an average of six to seven liters of water per day? During hot summer days this can be even more. Therefore, provide unlimited fresh drinking water, both in the sheep pen and in the meadow.
You perform a dental check on your sheep a few times a year. To do this, gently curl the bottom lip of a sheep down. View the condition of the teeth, molars, gums and the connection of the upper and lower jaw. Call the vet in case of abnormalities. Strong teeth are very important for the health of sheep. With dental problems they experience pain, eat less or digest their food poorly. This can cause all kinds of complaints to the gastrointestinal tract, as a result of which nutrients are no longer sufficiently absorbed.
Sheep is sheared - depending on their breed - once or twice a year. In addition, these animals like to be brushed. This keeps their coat healthy and it is also good for the blood circulation in the skin. Check the sheepskin and skin for bald spots, chips and wounds. You take care of it and cover it with an aluminum spray to prevent infections.
Most sheep have their hooves cut at least three times a year. Too long can lead to lameness and infections. It is important to also remove excess dirt when trimming. In addition, check the hooves for any cuts and infections.
A sheep likes to stand outside in a meadow, it prefers to sleep there too. But whether this is possible all year round depends on the breed you have. Some sheep breeds are not hardy and need a sheep pen. Make sure that it is clean, free of insects, dry and draft-free.
Pasture animals need shady hiding places where they are sheltered. You bring a pregnant ewe inside at least one week before giving birth. A breeding loft gives her and her offspring the necessary rest.
Check the feces of your sheep regularly, even when they are in the pasture. Does this deviate? Then that may be a symptom of illness. Many things can be demonstrated or excluded through manure research. This research is also used to check whether a sheep has internal parasites.