The use of lamb jackets reduces the risk of hypothermia which is caused by exposure and starvation.
Hypothermia can reduce the suckling instinct of newborn lambs leading reduced colostrum intake which will cause the lamb to be weak and can in turn lead to rejection by the ewe especially in multiple births.
By 5 hours old the lamb will have used most of the brown fat it is born with and then requires more energy to survive; if it is cold it will lose energy quicker and be less likely to be strong enough to feed as required.
Identifying hypothermia early will be the key to the survival rate of the lamb. Hypothermia causes 30% of lamb losses but a lot of these could be avoided by early detection and action to reverse the effects.
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There are a number of ways of warming a hypothermic lamb. E.g. a heat lamp or warming box.
Preventing hypothermia by the use of a lamb jacket will reduce the risk of rejection by the ewe as it is natural heat retention of the body temperature of the lamb which can be left with its mother rather than removing the lamb and artificially heating it then returning it to the ewe smelling different and losing bonding time.
This is most detrimental in multiple births as bonding of all lambs should be at the same time.
Lamb jackets can enable ewes and lambs to be turned out in colder/wetter weather conditions to provide more space in lambing sheds, give the lambs a more natural environment with less subjection to infectious diseases and poor ventilation.Lamb jackets provide protection in sudden changes or adverse weather conditions