Lambing started on the 23rd March this year – 2 days after the first possible lambing date. The first twins were born to ewe 10, we introduced her here. We had very high hopes for her because she is also the mum of the two lambs we’ve kept from last year. She was ‘bagged up’ (her udder had filled with milk) for a good 8-10 days before she lambed so she kept us waiting. The twins were born on a lovely sunny spring day in the early afternoon. The picture on the left shows them just a few hours after they were born – on the right they are a few days old
The next to lamb was No 13 (her intro is here) and she just had a single female lamb. Again all went well and no intervention of any kind was needed. The single is quite sweet but No 13 keeps her close by and sometimes she clearly just wants to play with the others but is called back.
The third ewe to lamb was No 12 (we’ll tell you more about her another time) and she had twins. She seemed to be struggling a little more than the other two but then she did have a poorly foot which hadn’t quite cleared up yet. It was also quite cold and when Kath went to check on her, she was frantically nudging one of the lambs which wasn’t responding. Kath therefore brough her into the shed and gave the lamb a good rub down with hay – No 12 just follwed into the shed and the lamb was absolutely fine. Both lambs are female and quite pretty little things.
So the first three ewes to lamb were our most experienced ewes and all went really well.