Good hygiene reduces the risk and spread of infectious diseases. Lambing indoors is associated with an increased risk of mastitis. This is probably due to high stocking rates and warm damp conditions that favour bacterial survival.
Provide fresh bedding, ideally daily, to keep a fresh layer of straw between sheep and soiled bedding.
- Add new bedding regularly, ideally daily but alternate days is satisfactory, to keep a dry layer between ewes and dirty bedding.
- Keep ewes in the same barn before, during and after lambing – this reduces the risk of mastitis, possibly because they have develop some protection against the bacteria.
- Use fields with natural shelter, or provide shelter.