• CAN affect the new born in many harmful
3. WEAK MOM SYNDROME
4. AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST
Energy deficit= hypoglycemia+hypothermia
Lambs that are affected
due to compression of
their umbilicus during a
difficult labor, have lungs
that are full of fluid and
are unable to exchange
oxygen into the body. So
they begin life with
ENERGY DEFICIT due to
• Hypoglycemia and hyperthermia are combined
to cause energy deficiency. When this occurs
during and immediately post delivery :
TIME IS OF THE
When an neonate becomes hypothermic it utilizes
the brown fat it has stored, prematurely!! This
stored fat is for the tremendous energy boost
needed for the first few hours of life.
AND left unchecked this leads to……..
EVERY TIME YOU WALK INTO THE BARN
• STOP Talking
• Stop Walking
• Stop thinking about everything else!!!
• Stop and Be a SHEPHERD
• Even those with goats!
•Are hunched up…Do not STRETCH!
•Are Hollowed out
•Are lethargic and show signs of
•Mothers are agitated, pawing or
moving lambs with nose
• Lambs are crying and may sound weak
• Mothers are calling and sometimes banging on
gates and sides of pens
• Or …the lamb isn’t making any noise at all!!
Check The Mother
• Is she MEAN? Is she weak? Is she the MOM?
• Check teats and udder, make sure teats
available for easy nursing..wool tags?, mastitis?
Big udder? Little udder? Big teats or little teats?
• Check colostrum?
• Mother’s experience..how quickly did she dry
off the lambs,
• If more than twins.. should one be removed?
Check the Lamb
• Is it laying flat out, Frozen to the ground?
• Is its mouth cold?
• Check its rectal temperature
Always feed with a bottle
Nursing or the oral administration of certain
chemicals(NaCl and Na Bicarb.) opens the
esophageal or reticular-omasal groove which
directs colostrum (fluids) into the abomasum. By
bypassing the reticulum, omasum and the
rumen, which aren’t mature enough too
function, you decrease the possibility of the
productions of toxins from putrefaction of the
liquid in those organs.
First measure from the nose to the
point of the elbow.
Insert the tube with the syringe (no
plunger) in the right side of the
lamb’s mouth. Do not pass more of
the feeding tube than the length
You can feel the tube passing
through the esophagus from the
Fill the syringe with 20-25ml./lb of
lamb’s body weight, let flow do not
• If the lamb is more than 5 hours old and its
body temperature is less than 98 degrees.
INTRAPERITONEAL FLUIDS SHOULD BE GIVEN
then warm the lamb
• HANG THE LAMB UPSIDE DOWN
• SCRUB THE NAVEL AREA WITH IODINE
• INJECT ONE INCH BEKLOW AND ONE TO THE
LAMBS LEFT SIDE WITH A 20guage 1 inch
NEEDLE with DEXTROSE/FLUID MIXTURE
Dosage chart for mixing IP fluids according to
Total amt. 50% dextrose H2O/fluid
Normal Temperature is
• Once the lamb has achieved normal
temperature return him and his siblings back
to the mother if possible.
• Feed colostrum and milk if necessary but
getting the lamb to nurse on the ewe is ideal!