We left the sheep with Brough trying to persuade the ewes to allow him into the flock. I walked on to check them early the next morning and they were all settled in the field. All were lying down except Brough and our number 15 – a two horn shearling ewe I have always had a real soft sport for. Even from the path and in grey drizzle I could see that she had been tupped. Brough didn’t waste any time! The raddle worked so all is good. Here’s our number 15 – she’s hard to photograph!
We went to see them again this afternoon but ran out of daylight. They were all a bit spooked by our head torches but as far as we could see no others have been tupped yet. I’ve started our little lambing chart which will help us keep track of likely lambing dates and the order the ewes will lamb in. While we leave them to it pretty much it does give us the option of bringing them in if the weather is awful or where we might anticipate problems. We found that this year the first time mum which we had inside to lamb was much calmer with her lambs than those that lambed outside. That might just be her nature generally though.
It might have been better if one of the more experienced ewes had been first but we are where we are and if we know when she is likely to lamb we can keep a close eye on her.
The 3 ram lambs have settled down really well since they are no longer being bullied by Brough – they are still for sale if anyone is interested. The ewe lambs and Edith are also all doing well and seemed less concerned about our head torches than the others. Here they are tucking in to their mixed flake earlier this week.
More tupping updates to follow and hopefully there will be a complete lambing chart for you soon!