I am sorry to say I have sad news to report. When we checked on the ewe (1233) this morning, there was still no lamb. Worried, but not realizing what was happening, we went off to work. I checked with some experts, and John called the vet. Both confirmed, this was a serious situation and time was of the essence. Once labor begins and the amniotic sac presents, birth should take place within 2 hours. Something was wrong. John went to check on her and was unable to get through the cervix. She was not dilated. We learned this is a condition sheep people call RING WOMB. She went into labor, her cervix did not open, and the lamb did not proceed into the birth canal. Therefore, she did not push or appear in distress. The vet arrived and tried to pull the lamb. After much effort to save her, he could not get the lamb out. Her uterus ruptured, and we had to put her down. He said the lamb had probably been dead for 24 to 36 hours. I think our biggest lesson is, act quickly. We were fooled by the fact that she was in no distress and not pushing. This is our second lambing season, and first time to have a birthing difficulty. Unfortunately, these things happen and when they do, all we can do is try our best to save them, learn from our mistakes and hope it turns out better next time. Every season is a new learning experience. Thank you all for your questions and concern today.
2/3/2015 12:30:26 pm
I'm so sorry to read this sad event. My heart is with you. I'm too weak to deal with such death.
2/3/2015 10:36:47 pm
Thanks Kathie. Raising livestock definitely takes a toll on the heart, I think we have to learn what we can to keep them safe and healthy and find joy in the living.
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My name is Christy Franklin.