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Solution name: Designing proper sheds for lambing

Country: Romania

Dairy or/and meat sheep: Dairy and Meat

Source of information: Knowledge, Industry

Level of solution:






Just Being Tested


Aim: To assure proper lambing conditions indoors and to improve lamb survival


  • Manage ewes in late pregnancy in small groups, of 20-30 animals, allocating 2 m2/ewe.
  • Design lambing pens (2/1 m), one lambing pen for every 8 expecting pregnant ewe. Allow ewes to spend with their lamb(s) 24-48 hours for a proper dam-lamb bonding. Pay attention especially to primiparous and ewes with twins or triplets.
  • Air drafts should be kept lower than 0.4 m/s at lambing, air temperature between 5 to 18 °C, humidity ≤ 70%, lighting intensity should be higher than 100 lux with at least 8 h of light per day.
  • Use fresh clean straws bedding (0.5 kg) every day, and replace bedding from lambing pens before introducing new ewes.
  • The use of UV bulbs to help thermoregulation in week lambs improves survival rates.

Expected benefits: Reduction in lamb losses

Prerequisites and/or limits (knowledge, training, capabilities, cost, management, facilities, equipment, etc.)

  • The use of lambing pens requires extra labor and initial costs with materials.
  • Some minor investments should be done in UV bulbs, related costs with energy and thermometers to monitor shed conditions.
  • Aspects such as temperature and humidity inside the shed are hard to control.

Scientific references


Tips & Tricks:

A barrier to prevent lambs from jumping in the trough

Blackboard for lambing pens

Melanie’s rack system for sheep hurdles

Preserving jar rubber seal (as a lamb ID collar)

Webcam in the shed

Toolbelt with lambing kit

Lamb ID box

Homemade lamb station

Water supply to lambing pens

Lambing data

Cage to foster adoption

Post partum cage

Cage to provide water to lambs

Barrier to restrict the access of the lambs to their mothers

Portable tray with material to manage newborn lambs

Cart to transport lambs to the lactation room

Tripod to handle newborn lambs

Multi-pocket belt to manage newborn lambs

Lambing  tool kit

Pen labelling

Lamb station

Outdoor lamb recording bag


Expected impacts:


Benefit expected Increase productivity:
-less mortality
Is the solution suitable for various production systems Y
If no – for which system dairy & meat
What are the asset costs <100/lamb
What are the maintenance costs <50/lamb
Any limits to its applicability No
Work Load
  Farmers Service provider/tech.-vet-others
How much time is required to prepare and implement the solution >=1week  
How many people is needed to implement the solution? 1 person (the farmer)  
How long it takes to get results? >=1week
How long it takes to see  an effect on sheep productivity? current production period
  Farmers Service provider/technicians-vet-others
What kind of equipment/tool are necessary? Lambing pens, UV bulbs, bedding materials  
Skill/Knowledge-Training (farmer)
Does the solution need any specific skill/knowledge or training? Yes
How much time will be required for training 1 day training
Wider Environment
Is there any particular regulation link to the solution? NO
Does the solution need any particular structure or organisation? NO

Users’ evaluation: 



Solution No/Name

41. Designing proper sheds for lambing

Farmer/Service provider/technicians-vet-others


Why did you select this solution?

To improve lamb health and increase survival rate

Was it easy to implement?


If not say what are the identified drawbacks?

Did you need to adapt it?


If yes, how?

It is necessary to take into account the features of the facilities (square meters of the shed, bedding type and quality, separation by lambing type)

Were you happy with the outcome of the solution?


What were the outcomes?

98% of the ewes bonded with their lamb(s)

Lower numbers of orphan lambs

Less incidence of diarrhea

Score the solution

Interesting and easy to implement

Will you continue to implement it?


If not, for which reasons?



Recommend this easy application to everyone


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