Lamb Vigour Scoring

Birth Difficulty Score

 

0

  Unassisted or easy uncomplicated delivery of short duration

(<30 min)

 1

   Unassisted or easy uncomplicated delivery of long duration

(>30 min)

2

Minor assistance required. Presentation corrected, little effort needed to deliver lamb

3

Major assistance required. Difficult delivery needing effort to deliver lamb

4

Veterinary assistance required.

Lamb Vigour Score

(at 5 minutes after birth)

0

Extremely active and vigorous lamb, has been or is standing on all 4 feet

1

Very active and vigorous lamb, standing on back legs and on knees

2

Active and vigorous lamb, on chest and holding head up

3

Weak lamb, lying flat, able to hold head up

4

Very weak lamb, unable to lift head, little movement

Sucking Assistance Score

 

0

Lamb sucking well without assistance within 1 hour

1

Lamb sucking well without assistance within 2 hours

2

Lamb given sucking assistance / tubed once or twice in first 24 hours after birth

3

Lamb given sucking assistance, tubed more than twice, needing help after 1 day old, but able to suck by 3 days old

4

Lamb still needing help to suck when more than 3 days old