by: Dr. G.F. Kennedy
Quite often ewes will fail to drop their placenta after lambing for various reasons. Generally it’s not a matter of concern and perhaps an injection of 10 to 20 cc of penicillin will take care of it and eventually it will be expelled. Five cc Dexamethasone is indicated if ewe is off feed.
A few hours after birth manual intervention shouldn’t occur. It is certainly okay and indicated early on to check to be sure all lambs have been delivered. When a ewe has been examined then one or two Terramycin Scour Tablets should be placed in the uterus to prevent infection that may be the result of intervention.
I wrote this article primarily for sheep but goats should be handled similarly as well.