In addition to vet expenses, Lamb Care Australia also regularly spends money on medication and medical supplies. They may spend from approximately $20 for a box of 100 syringes up to $400 for a 4 litre container of colostrum.
Colostrum is the first form of milk produced by the ewe. It contains carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and proteins (antibodies) that fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses. Without this initial absorption of colostrum the health of the lamb will be severely compromised. As a safe guard, when a newborn lamb is rescued, they are fed colostrum to replace that which they possibly missed when separated from their mother. Without this they will be unable to develop a strong immune system resulting in minimal chance of survival.
Approximately 15 million lambs die on Australian farms every year during their first 48 hours of life. Lamb Care Australia Inc is a not for profit organisation that fosters and rehomes some of these lambs who are born during the lambing season across Victoria.