One very important preventative measure is to ensure you provide clean and dry 
bedding. Lactating ewes can be more susceptible to mastitis if they are forced 
to bed in wet and confined areas. 



> On Mar 23, 2015, at 7:24 AM, Elizabeth Radi <lizr...@skybeam.com> wrote:
> 
> Just a thought, and this has nothing to do with mastitis.  I have a friend 
> who has been raising sheep for years.  When she has triplets, she always take 
> one away from the mother and gives it to someone else to bottle feed or she 
> does herself.
> She told me, Liz/ with triplets, they all suffer.  One does well, one 
> mediocre and one is runty.  Hers were wool sheep, don't know if that makes a 
> difference.
> 
> 
> Liz Radi
> Nubian goats 
> Nunn, Colorado
> 
> 
> --- uncarved_bl...@earthlink.net wrote:
> 
> From: "Jim Isbell" <uncarved_bl...@earthlink.net>
> To: <blackbelly@lists.blackbellysheep.info>
> Subject: [Blackbelly] Sheep Mastitis
> Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:06:45 -0500
> 
> We seem to have a sheep with mastitis. Susie (from Soggy Top) gave birth to
> triplets (2 rams and 1 ewe) on 03/18. All was well, lambs were between 4-5
> lbs at birth. However, I woke up this morning to find the ewe lamb dead. No
> visible injuries, she just seemed a bit thinner than I would think is
> normal. Today, I see that one of the ram lambs is also looking on the thin
> side. So, after feeding the adult ewes, I worked with Susie and her lambs,
> noticing she isn't entirely enthusiastic about nursing them. Not running
> away, just not excited about it. So, I actually put her on the ground to
> give better access to her teats and put the thin ram lamb on one. I worked
> her udder/bag to get it started, and I noticed that she is pretty lumpy with
> some harder spots. Pretty sure she has mild mastitis. She still produces
> (some) milk. Nothing wrong with it (white, fluid - no blood, lumps or
> discharge).
> 
> 
> 
> Seeing as you all are experienced sheep-folk, what is the remedy here?
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Jim Isbell
> 
> "To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business."
> - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
> 
> 
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