The Fourth Edition of Practical Lambing and Lamb Care offers a complete revision and update to this comprehensive and practical resource to all aspects of lambing and lamb care. This edition also discusses kidding and care of newborn kids, emphasising similarities between sheep and goat management and highlighting aspects where there are differences. The new edition incorporates new developments in the field and addresses the rapidly evolving needs of global small ruminant production. The authors – noted experts in their field – provide an authoritative description of a professional approach to lambing and kidding, and care of newborn animals, with an emphasis on husbandry and management to reduce the need for intervention during the periparturient period.
The book has been comprehensively updated to address the needs of today′s international small ruminant farmers and their vets and advisors, as well as the livestock industry, while maintaining the standards of earlier editions. The new edition also includes many new photographs used to illustrate relevant principles.
This important resource:
- Offers a thoroughly revised edition of this practical guide to all aspects of lambing and lamb care
- Presents an authoritative resource for anyone involved in the care of pregnant ewes and newborn lambs, especially sheep farmers and veterinarians
- Written by leading authors in the field
- Includes information on health problems, abortion, lambing management, obstetrics and much more
Written for small ruminant farmers and smallholders around the world, vets advising sheep and goat farmers, and veterinary and agricultural students, the fourth edition of Practical Lambing and Lamb Care offers a detailed reference, including relevant developments in the field.
Preface to the Fourth Edition vii
1 General Lambing Management 1
2 Specific Causes of Lamb and Kid Mortality 37
3 Husbandry and Health Planning to Prepare for Lambing or Kidding: Ensuring Pregnancy in Ewes and Does 61
4 Husbandry and Health Planning to Prepare for Lambing: Nutritional Management of Pregnant Ewes and Does 87
5 Husbandry and Health Planning to Prepare for Lambing: Health Management of Pregnant Ewes and Does 101
6 Identifying Unwell Ewes and Lambs, Does and Kids 129
7 Legislation 139
Neil Sargison, BA, VetMB, PhD, DSHP, DipECSRHM, FRCVS, is a Professor of Farm Animal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland; President of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.
James Patrick Crilly, MA, VetMB, CertAVP, DipECSRHM, MRCVS, is a Veterinary Surgeon at Larkmead Veterinary Group, UK.
Andrew Hopker, BVM&S, CertAVP, MRCVS, is a Lecturer and Clinician in the Farm Animal Practice at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland.