Grazing the farm differently to its past history as a Deer Farm has helped different plants to grow… Some wanted, others not so much! All however are leading to a lustrous rich looking farm and providing more interesting homes for nature! I can’t wait to have our lambs bouncing around.
I love walking around the farm and seeing it change. Hard works pays off.
In six weeks time we are due to start lambing here. As I was heavily pregnant last year I kept my distance but this year with far more ewes I will be out giving Luke a hand. With no experience at all I have ALOT to learn. This evening the ‘lessons’ commenced. Our neighbour farmer with a lovely flock of Poll Dorsets, has kindly agreed to teach me as he is lambing now…. Perfect timing.
Not sure if you have ever tried being taught anything by your spouse, but from stories I heard it’s not fun! I am therefore not getting Luke to teach me as our marriage just isn’t that strong 😉 !
Friday night I arrived ready to learn, three pairs of socks, two tops, a rugby shirt, a hoody & my coat I wasn’t risking getting cold. Nervous about what I was about to do, Barry wasted no time in getting me stuck in! I’d been there 5 minutes and a ewe was ‘presenting’ …that is a foot of the lamb was showing. Barry got her on to the floor and then told me what to do. So in went my hand, I found the other foot and gripped between my fingers I gently but firmly pulled.
Lambing is not glamorous so if you are squeamish I advise you to stop reading! Once both feet were out the head was following nicely, I was told to run my finger around just to ease the muscle a bit and allow the head to come out. Out came the lamb wonderfully, i held the umbilical cord and made sure it didn’t tear too close to the lambs navel. That was probably the messiest bit, goo & blood! I had to clear any of the bag off its face to be sure it could breath and then move it up to the head of the ewe to lick clean! Et Voila my first lamb!!
Ah so easy 😉
I was lucky this evening, all the ewes I assisted had the lambs presenting fairly well. Just as well as if I had experienced a load of difficult births I would probably be totally put off! Just one was not a good experience, the lamb was never going to survive as it was born with a whole in its abdomen and it’s guts were out, also had badly deformed legs. Sad but this lamb had to be euthanised and we had to get another lamb for the ewe to adopt.