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Devon Association of Smallholders

96 Lambing for beginners
Venue: Northlew
Cost: £65 (£85 for Non-members)
Tutor: Gillian Dixon
Course type: Classroom & practical handling
Course materials: Summary handouts to take away
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, notebook

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone with an interest in keeping sheep who will be lambing for the first time and wants to understand how to prepare & manage their sheep for & during lambing. Opportunity for plenty of questions. If all goes well we should be 2 weeks into lambing with ewes & lambs to view

The course will cover the following:

Preparing the ewe and ram for tupping:  worming, checking teeth, teats and feet, assessing breeding condition, feeding, timings, when to put in rams, expected lambing dates
Care of the in-lamb ewe:  Stress, feeding - when & how much, vaccinations, scanning
Setting up your lambing shed: Pens, disinfection & biosecurity, ease of management
Essential lambing kit:  All that you should have on hand for both routine and problem lambings; medicines, equipment
Routine lambing: Checking the sheep, from first signs of labour to delivery, in-door or out? penning, monitoring, tail docking, castration, routine before letting ewe and lamb outside
Opportunity to meet the sheep (practical session): See the lambing shed set-up, view ewes with lambs & expectant ewes, castration and tail docking & possible lambing in progress
Problem lambings: Signs to look for when all is not going well, discussion of mal-presentations, sick ewes & how to deal with them - when to call the vet. Poorly lambs and how to manage them, lamb rejection & adopting-on lambs, stomach tubing & bottle feeding
Follow-on lamb and ewe care to weaning:  Post lambing routine, when to worm, vaccinate, grazing rotation, shearing, ear tagging
Record keeping: flock book, breeding records
Summary: Last questions
Handouts include: Lambing glossary, annual shepherd’s calendar of tasks, useful contacts, useful further reading/websites; various Eblex sheep/lambing related leaflets

Training Officer: Carolyn McAllister
The Retreat, Highampton, BEAWORTHY, EX21 5JJ
email: training@devonsmallholders.co.uk
Phone: 07737 055 618

Pay by faster payments:
Bank Account Name: DASH
Bank Account Number: 31351460
Bank Sort Code: 77-09-21
Bank: Lloyds
Reference: your membership
number and course number

Cheques can be sent to:
DASH Training
The Retreat
EX21 5JJ
Make cheques payable to Devon Association of Smallholders

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07737 055 618

Please note: If for any reason you need to cancel your place on a course, 2 weeks notice prior to the course date will be required to receive a full refund. If you have reserved a place, please make sure we receive payment 3 weeks before the course (6 weeks for non-members). Thank you.

Most of our courses are aimed at adults and are quite intensive, so they are not aimed at children. If you would like to bring a child on a course please discuss it with the training manager before booking. It is assumed that bookings you make are for adults. Only people who have paid the course fee are allowed at the training venue. Do not bring pets or other animals to the training venue unless you are required to do so as part of the course. Most venues are working smallholdings and dogs or other animals (even if left in your car) are disruptive and compromise biosecurity.