Colostrum management for lambs
Antibodies in sheep colostrum are crucial for lambs. It is important that the lamb gets sufficient colostrum in the first 24-36 hours of life.
Ewes should be kept in the location where they are going to lamb for at least 14 days prior to lambing. This ensures the colostrum for lambs will have antibodies specific to the environment the lamb will be born in. After the lambs are born, strip each teat to remove the wax plug and make sure the ewe has enough colostrum to feed her lambs. Lambs should be monitored closely to make sure they nurse. Lambs that have nursed will have a full stomach upon palpation. Alternatively, milk the ewe and feed the lamb the first 100 ml of lamb colostrum with a bottle.