Twin lamb ewes are at risk

The Western Star - - Rural Weekly -

SHEEP pro­duc­ers are be­ing ad­vised to mon­i­tor preg­nant ewes for nutri­tion de­fi­ciency with win­ter bring­ing an in­creased risk of preg­nancy tox­aemia or twin lamb dis­ease.

An in­ad­e­quate en­ergy in­take dur­ing the last four to six weeks of preg­nancy, es­pe­cially for ewes car­ry­ing twins and triplets, can lead to preg­nancy tox­aemia which will present in ewes who ap­pear dopey, blind and un­re­spon­sive.

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out­break of twin lamb dis­ease is of­ten trig­gered by stress and con­di­tions that cause a low in­take of food...

— Elle Moyle

“An out­break of twin lamb dis­ease is of­ten trig­gered by stress and con­di­tions that cause a low in­take of food such as se­vere weather con­di­tions, yard­ing or hold­ing off feed,” veterinari­an Elle Moyle said.

Scan­ning ewes for mul­ti­ple lambs and pri­ori­tis­ing their nutri­tion in­take can lower risks.

PHOTO: FILE

BE AWARE: Cold weather could in­crease the risk of preg­nancy tox­aemia or twin lamb dis­ease.

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