It is official … Lambing season has begun. I don’t know if I mentioned it but a few months ago Mom took an online webinar about how lambing operations are run up north. That lead her to learn about how much more sanitary it is to let the ewes birth in the pasture and only jug them for 24 hours. She learned about when to keep them jugged longer and many different ways of taking care of water and feed needs.
With all that she learned we are trying a new approach to lambing this year. The big change this year is that the ewes will be lambing in the pasture. Then we will move them into the jug for the first 24 hours with their babies. This is why we are making regular pasture checks not just at morning and night like last year. If you remember last year we kept them all in a pen until they gave birth. They all had access to a shed and extra heat at all times. Extra heat will be provided to the jugs this year with red heat lamps but once turned out to the pasture they will have less access to the heat lamps.
Another change is that their first bucket of water will be a warm one with vitamins and electrolytes added. They said warm water encourages the ewes to drink more and with the extra goodies in the water it will help boost their bodies to recover from giving birth much faster. Mom also learned when a ewe should stay in the jug a bit longer and what to watch for before turning them out. For example Snickers gave birth today in the late afternoon but she will not be turned out when she hits 24 hours. You never turn them out in the evening. It is better to turn them out at the start of the day that way the lambs can see Mom as well as their surrounding and Mom can get them calmed down in plenty of time to bed them down for the night. That means in reality Snickers with be jugged an extra night but it will be fine.
Mom also learned that she doesn’t need to worry so much. Her instructor said to remember Animals have been having babies for thousands of years before we even learned to help them. Yes, our help makes it a bit easier sometimes but we really aren’t needed. As most of you can imagine that didn’t stop Mom from worrying. When the wind came up and turned cold Mom stuck to our plan but put up a large blanket on the jug to break the wind for the babies. (I am not sure I like it because all of you can’t see on the cam now … I know better safe for the babies then sorry)
With our new birthing system being tried out I am sure it will succeed. And if we run into any trouble we always have plan B… Do it the way we did last year… LOL So are you ready to see the new additions and the start of our lambing season??? Well, here they are …
We are calling the littlest one, who is a little girl, Meringue. The largest lamb is a boy and I am calling him Macaroon! So what do you think??? The next Ewes to give birth is suppose to be Fudgie, Hersey, Yuchi, Turtle and then Twix!