Shepherds gearing up for lambing this season must counter the
potential hygiene threat from damp straw bedding by using an absorbent
bedding conditioner with added disinfectant.
Dr Alan Reeve from C&H Nutrition says any straw that was baled
wet last autumn could still be harbouring harmful bacteria that
could be a threat to young lambs.
“Lambs are born with no natural immunity to disease and
only gain protection through the colostrum they take from the ewe.
Consequently, the lambing environment must be as clean and dry
as possible,” he says.
“Apart from potential wet straw dangers, it's also
important to realise that a bacterial build up will have started
as soon as the ewes were housed. It is essential that this is countered
with an absorbent bedding conditioner with added disinfectant such
as Dri Li Plus or lambs will pick up diseases such as joint and
navel ill, watery mouth or even salmonella and E.coli infections.”
Dr Reeve says that the faster these harmful bacteria are knocked
out, the lower losses will be throughout the lambing season.
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