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This revised and updated edition of lambing takes account of changes in techniques and advances in knowledge over the last decade. It contains a detailed accunt of various techniques used in the treatment and care of new born lambs and ewes. For this edition the text has been extended to include infectious abortion in ewes and problems in lambs up to weaning. There is also a new chapter on "Welfare at Lambing". There are guides to administration of drugs, artificial rearing and fostering practices. It is aimed at a professional readership - veterinary surgeons and practitioners, farmers, shepherds and animal health advisors. It should also be useful as a reference for students of agriculture and veterinary science.
Part 1 The newborn lamb: problems facing the "perfect" lamb; constraints on lamb viability. Part 2 Lambing the ewe: the normal lambing; approach to assistance; specific problems; resuscitation of the newborn; after an assisted lambing. Part 3 Problems in lambs: alphabetical list (description, symptoms, treatment and prevention). Part 4 Problems in ewes: alphabetical list (description, symptoms, treatment and prevention). Part 5 Abortion in ewes: non-infectious abortion; infectious abortion. Part 6 The prevention of problems: prevention of problems in ewes and lambs; assessment of losses; ewe body condition scoring; vaccination; vitamin and mineral supplementation. Part 7 Techniques for treating newborn lambs: diagnosis of problems; feeding the newborn lamb; administration of drugs; warming hypothermic lambs; care of the weak lamb; artificial rearing; fostering; castration; navel dressing; giving an enema. Part 8 Welfare at lambing: welfare codes; problems in lambs and ewes; humane destruction; shepherd welfare.
This book is a revised edition that provides practical guidance and information on aspects of lambing and lamb care. It covers the major diseases and problems seen in lambs and includes chapters on ewe health, including abortion issues, preventitive methods, lambing techniques and animal welfare issues. There is new information on zoonotic infections, the handling and storage of drugs, flock health plans and consideration for organic producsers. This book would be of interest to animal producers, veterinarians and veterinary and agricultural students. CAB Abstracts, 2005 The inclusion of simple diagrams and clear instruction make this a useful reference for those caring for sheep as well as students." "The book is easy to read, well laid out and would be a useful reference book for those caring for sheep." Irish Veterinary Journal, 2005 "All sheep practices should have a copy and advise their sheep clients like-wise. If the information within this book were implemented on all sheep enterprises, the welfare of lambs would be significantly improved." Veterinary Record, 2005