The Loaghtan is hardy and has good survival instincts with little
intervention generally required by the breeder at lambing time. Ewes seldom suffer difficulties in labour although a particularly large lamb may require help and possibly the assistance of a vet. The navels of new born lambs must be treated with iodine or other appropriate antiseptic spray to avoid infection entering the body and those ram lambs not required for breeding can be castrated within 7 days of birth using the elastrator method. A vet’s assistance should be sought if required.
On the Calf of Man, a very exposed rocky island off the southern tip of the Isle of Man, without any interference from humans at lambing time, the lambing average is about 90%. In well nourished sheltered lowland flocks, 150% or more can be achieved. Most flocks will have the occasional sets of triplets and ewes can be left to bring up three lambs if they have sufficient milk. As in all sheep breeds, ewes are prone to reject weak lambs. These rejected lambs can survive by being bottle fed, fed using powdered milk through a mini-suckler system, or fostered onto a ewe, even a ewe of a different breed.