I didn't see any lambs born, didn't assist any ewe. The only problems encountered were/are udder-related. One ewe had an enlarged teat that resolved itself after a few days. She is raising her three lambs. Two ewes lambed having mastitis on one side. I attribute this to not having the barn cleaned until yesterday. Maryland's new nutrient management regulations don't allow you to spread manure from November 1 until March 1.
|Mule twin ewe lamb|
I will have to cull the two ewes with mastitis on one side. After several days of aggressive treatment (systemic and intramammary antibiotics), I failed to save either udder half. One of the affected ewes is one of my best ewes. I am so disappointed. Both ewes are raising their twin lambs, though one lamb is not doing well. Whatever is wrong with the lamb goes beyond the mastitis his dam has, as I've never been able to get him to drink much from a bottle. Not sure he will make it.
Most of the lambs in round 2 will be Katahdins. There will be a few more Lacaune crosses. There won't be any more Mule lambs born, unless a ewe was bred by a clean-up ram. The rams were changed three times before being separated from the ewes.