Lambing starts today

I loooove this time of the year. There is something special about having new babies on the ground, the renewal of life and all that……

 June 1st is officially our starting date for lambing, so tomorrow, in theory.  But every year we get a couple of early lambs, which I guess is no different in the human world.  It was decidedly chilly last night (0.4 Celsius when I checked the thermometer first thing this morning) so I was keen to go round the ewes early.  And what a wonderful surprise.  This little Bub was in one of our main mobs of flock ewes, perfectly protected from cold winds by the old long lucerne stalks (you can see the lush new growth coming up underneath). He/she was born probably less than half an hour before I arrived as it was still lying down and being licked clean.  So what you see here are it’s very first steps.  You can see it still has quite a bit of the yellow “goup” (don’t know the official name for it) that covers its body when it is inside the womb.  The mother will progressively lick this off over the next few hours.

As I headed into the next paddock, where our stud ewes are, I came across this healthy set of twins.

They may have even been born yesterday, as they had obviously already had a couple of drinks from the ewe, and their little umbilical cords were quite dry.  They were both sleeping in the warm (ish) morning sun, until I came along and disturbed them.  The ewe wasn’t too worried about me though. Leading up to lambing we spend quite a bit of time slowly driving through the mobs, so that they get used to us checking them out.  This means they are much less likely to take run off and abandon their lambs when we come past.

Lambing will be a fairly busy time, so although I get excited at the start, I’m always glad when we get near the end. Each trip around our four mobs takes about an hour, and as we like to check them twice a day, that’s an extra two hours each day we need to make time for.  And that’s assuming we have no issues on each trip.  Occasionally we may have to assist in a birth, or we may find a lamb who has lost its mother for one reason or another. In this case we try and catch the lamb so we can bring it up the house to be bottle raised.

I’ll post some more pics of lambing in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about how we manage lambing, or what is involved, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below……

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