Hello and thank you for visiting the Awassi Sheep blog. This blog is dedicated to the history, genetics and breeding of Awassi fat tail sheep. I'm Andy Karras a fourth generation sheep breeder and owner of Karras Farm in North Carolina. We specialize in Awassi Sheep, Assaf Sheep and East Friesian sheep. Karras Farm was the very first to sheep breeder to import the highly desireable Awassi Fat Tail Sheep into the United Sates.
Navel Illness is an infection which can be caused by any number of organisms that gain entrance to the lambs body through the umbilical cord shortly after birth. They develop into serious illness, usually within an few days. By treating the umbilical cord with Iodine asap after birth, and making sure the lamb nurses its mother within the first hour, you can immunize the danger of Naval Ill. A second dousing with Iodine twelve hours later is a good practice. Clean bedding in the lamb pen will lessen the chance of infection.