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96 Lambing for beginners
962-96:Sunday 5th April (10am - 5/5.30pm)
Venue: Northlew
Cost: £70
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?

A day spent looking at lambing from preparing the ewe & ram for tupping, care of the in-lamb ewe, essential lambing kit, routine lambing, potential problems with lambing/ewe/lambs, to follow-on lamb care - ewes & lambs to view and handle and if we're lucky, live lambings on the day as well

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

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
Higher Worthygate
Horns Cross
EX39 5EA
Make cheques payable to Devon Association of Smallholders

To book your place on a course please email to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk

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.