Missouri Lambing cam

Missouri Lambing cam
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This cam in Harrisburg, Missouri, is something new for WildEarth. It features ewes, reared by young Caleb as part of a 4-H project (4-h
.org). He showed his first lamb three years ago, and then purchased two ewes and a ram a year later. These ewes each had twins, and he showed the best one at the 4-H County Show, this past summer. He added two more ewes this summer, and is hoping for a total of eight lambs to be born this year.
 
When ewes are ready to lamb, their udders will drop, their sides will sink in and bellies will drop.  The tail will raise and there will be an indention on either side of the hip. They will not eat and separate themselves from the rest of the herd. They will paw and lick the ground and be very restless. Labor is begins when the ewe lies down and will start a series of short bleets. The water bag will appear and labor varies for each animal. A good rule of thumb is to allow half an hour to an hour after the water bag breaks or up to 2 hours of labor before assisting. Wait 3 hours for first time ewes. 

They are not separated from the other ewes during labor as this makes them very nervous and will postpone the labor.
The ewes are given a high protein diet of rich alfalfa one month prior to lambing. To make sure they bond with their lamb(s), the ewe and lamb(s) are put in “jugs” – small individual pens to separate them from the other ewes.  They are kept in jugs for at least two days.
 
As Caleb and his family cannot monitor them around the clock, he has asked us for our help with this as they get closer to giving birth to their lambs and alert them (his mom) once we see a birth starting. The e-mail a notification can be sent to is: birthalert@wildearth.tv and this will be automatically forwarded to Caleb's mom.