Using a prolapse harness is the most gentle “cure” for a prolapse. If properly fitted it will prevent ewes from straining and pushing the prolapse back out. If prolapses are treated early (when small) our success rate is high.
Prolapses—What we do…
How does it work?
When a ewe strains, her neck drops and her back arches. This pulls the cross webbing of the harness tighter against the vulva and also pulls the retainer (if one is used) into the ewe. In a few hours the impulse to strain stops.
Although ewes can lamb past a harness, we remove it when lambing.
Note: An animal’s tendency to prolapse has strong genetic links. So it’s good management to cull any ewe that prolapses from the breeding flock before the next breeding season—and do not retain any of her lambs.