Whether you are rearing lambs on a lifestyle property or as part of your sheep farm, Franklin Vets can give you the best advice on disease management, vaccinations and care to ensure healthy flock on your farm.

If you are unsure whether your lamb has been vaccinated, vaccinate with lamb vaccine – especially at or before docking. At ringing or at two weeks of age (whichever is sooner), inject Lamb Vaccine plus a 1st shot of 5in1 vaccine. Four weeks later inject a 2nd shot of 5in1 vaccine, followed by an annual booster. This vaccine prevents pulpy kidney disease, tetanus, black disease, malignant odedema and blackleg.

Preventing Clostridial disease in reared lambs

Most orphan lambs have been rescued out in the lambing paddock. It is not possible to know if the lamb has received adequate colostrum from its mother in its first 24 hours of life. Although the lambs mother may have been vaccinated prior to lambing, we should assume that it is at risk of death from Clostridial disease, such as Tetanus or Pulpy Kidney.


Drenching is an important part of rearing lambs when they start grazing grass. Drench at about six weeks old and again at ten weeks with a combination drench such as First. This drench does not cover lice, which are usually treated soon after shearing with a pour-on or spray product.

At weaning, and every four weeks through summer and autumn your lamb will need a drench with a combination drench such as Matrix. Remember to treat with products to prevent flystrike and facial eczema as well.

Abomasal Bloat in lambs

Typically within 30 minutes of feeding warm milk, the 2-4 week old lamb will become bloated. Pain, colic and death can occur quickly in severe cases if not treated. Even in mild cases that progress in severity with each feed, treatment is often not successful and the prognosis is guarded.

Caring for Orphan Lambs

When rescuing an orphan lamb from a paddock, it is impossible to know if it has received adequate colostrum from its mother in the first 24 hours of life even if the mother had been vaccinated prior to lambing.  Lamb vaccine protects against tetanus and pulpy kidney for 2 weeks. Within two weeks of this vaccine, the lamb will need two 5-in-1 vaccines, 4 weeks apart.

To be absolutely protected, your lamb should also receive a 5-in-1 vaccine at weaning (or after 12 weeks) and then be given an annual booster.

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