Winter lambing 2011
Here at Penpont farm we have a flock of 750 sheep that will lamb in two parts, the first 300, our winter lambs, start at the begining of November and continue through until a week before Christmas. The second flock will then be scanned in Jan 2013 and lamb in Mar and Apr. All the sheep are brought into our large lambing sheds here on the farm, to keep them out of the winter weather and for a safe place for the new born lambs to find their feet.
Once we start, there will be a constant stream of baby lambs being born both day and night. When a lamb is first born it is moved along with its mother to an individual cubicle where the mother and lamb can be monitored for a couple of days, to check that the baby lamb is feeding correctly and until we feel it is ready to be taken out into a field to start its life.
Here is a clip of Gav lambing a single lamb last year on the farm.
Once the newborn lambs and their mothers are ready they are taken out into a field close to the farm and will be checked morning and evening to make sure everything is fine and that the lambs are growing as they should be.
This year we had our sheep scanned by our local scanning man in Sep and we are expecting:
and 13 of which were scanned and found not to be in lamb. We had a Quad set of lambs born successfully last year, this was the first time in 20 years. Here's a picture of Oliver with them a couple of days after they were born. Fingers crossed for another set this year.
Unfortunately some mothers don't take to their baby lambs sometimes and therefore they have to be fostered to other mothers or we keep them as orphan or tame lambs. These tame lambs need to be bottle fed by us everyday just like they would feed from their mothers. If you were holidaying with us at lambing time, you would be more than welcome to visit our lambing shed, where you will be able to watch the lambs being born and then help bottle feed our tame lambs, just dont forget your welly boots.