I hasten to add I don't personally lamb all 2000! Indeed my presence is a bit of a drop in the ocean, but I do lamb so many I lose count, that's for sure. Maybe 4 in an hour at "peak" times if everyone else has gone for lunch! Most of the care is welfare feeding and watering the Mums and cleaning their pens etc. The Pet Pen reached 120 last year (though they did take some lambs from other farms). Will definitely post some pics and explanations - it is a different world.The ewe that lambed this morning kept close to a dead fall tree. I've noticed that a couple of the ewes have their lambs up in that dead fall. Maybe because they are prey, they are trying to hide their lambs? It was 28F this morning. I was cold. I never saw the lamb shiver. His momma did a good job of licking him clean, he got right up and got a warm belly full of colostrum.
@Girlies' Mum during our recent "snow" I had a ewe that lambed in the open either in the night or early morning. I went outside and found a new born! I carried the lamb to the shelter and the ewe stayed there for the day. The ewe this morning insisted on keeping her lamb apart from the flock and would not go to the shelter. I am still pretty new to this, the little nuances of the different ewes behavior is interesting to say the least.
2,000 ewes lambing! Wow, I am impressed. Will you start a thread on the lambing? Please tag me so I don't miss it!
There are lots of things about commercial farming that break my heart, despite the fact that my neighbour is definitely one of the most welfare conscious farmers - indeed his wife is a vet. The main reason I helped was initially to get lots of sheepie experience quickly so I wasn't so ignorant with mine - though that still stands, my main reason nowadays is to try to help ensure that the welfare of the sheep in the pens (food/water/clean straw/looking out for lambs that aren't coping etc) doesn't get overlooked in the rush. Yes the pens are small, but they are only in there for one or 2 days usually - there are about 100. They get fed on mainly feed concentrate and turnips with a bit of silage which they adore, which is maybe some consolation.Those are tiny little pens! I guess it helps foster the lambs if the ewe has nowhere to go to get away from it. It does sound like a whole different world, can't wait to see and hear more of it!
My biggest darling, Blackberry (my current avatar) can open plastic feed bins that are sealed. She hits the side of the plastic bin with her head till the cover pops off then uses her teeth to fully remove it.Just throwing this in. I assume everyone has read the story about the sheep in England where they keep getting out to eat grass at the village green.(I love it, so I'll write it down just in case) The farmer shored up his fences, but had a cattle guard. They were still getting out to eat at the village green. Farmer didn't know how. The sheep(someone finally saw) were laying down and rolling over the cattle guard to get the nicely maintained village green. Lol...I tell that to anyone who says sheep are dumb. An older cattle rancher told me I didn't want sheep, they were too dumb. So I told him this, and got quite a kick out of the expression on his face. You can confirm it by looking it up on the internet.