A multipurpose pen knife.
A bright torch.. with new batteries.. lambing is hopeless and no fun at all in darkness or twilight!
Various syringes and sterile needles for injections.
Carprieve, antibiotic and penicillin.
There is also glucose with an instruction sheet from the vet. I've never actually needed to use it but it required a specific mixture of 50/50 with boiled water and a precise place where it is injected into a cold dying lamb over 6 hours old.
Large Syringe for injecting warm calcium.... and a bottle of calcium.
Stomach tube and Syringe (with the plunger removed)
A bottle with a good teat... powdered colostrum.. oh and the last sack of ewe milk powder in the district!
Iodine to clean little umbilical cords.
Pump of Spectam to cure any runny bottoms.
Eye ointment as infections can spread really quickly.
Head snare and Lambing rope.... and lubricant!
A box of arm length yellow birthing gloves and a box of blue examination gloves
Soap and a clean bucket for washing hands and an anti-bac gel.... and clean dry towels... always useful for drying hands as well as struggling wet lambs!
Marking spray... blue as its not one of our farm colours... to number mum and lambs so if they get separated we can reunite them.
And I always have a bleach spray.... to use on the rope and the snare to keep them as clean as possible if I can't wash them immediately.
I also use Nigel's trekking heater, its like a large non-stick cup with a burner under it... you can make a cup of tea in it or heat a stew.... no not while I'm lambing..... when he's walking... Silly!... I bought it for him and he never uses it so I use it for heating up milk if it goes too cool, it's perfect..... and I mustn't forget to put a lighter in my pocket as in a drafty barn it doesn't want to light.
This year we are also well stocked with straw and we had a wonderful harvest of hay and silage so we have all the fodder we need too........ from now until the end of April.......
The last thing to do is to find my old faithful directors chair, give it a clean down and then I'm ready! It'll be any day now!