Targeting Neonatal Lamb Treatments
January 6, 2023
In preparation for the start of the new lambing season, we are reminding our shepherds that neonatal lamb antibiotic treatments should be used responsibly. Products such as Spectam, or the alternatives Parofor and Bimamix, should never be given from the start of lambing as disease risk should be at its lowest. The majority of lambs born don’t require a dose of antibiotics but some currently receive one out of fear of disease, ease of treatment or habit – antibiotics are only required if clinical cases of watery mouth are experienced. Targeting treatment on the highest risk lambs is essential – more information about which lambs this includes will be on a guidance sheet with any antibiotics you do buy this season. Please get in touch with any questions you have in advance of the lambing season so we can put together a robust plan for your farm and help reduce the number of doses you use.