The last few weeks I've learned the babies we had a few months ago were just a drop in the bucket!
May is when the whole herd is due to have their babies. It began a few weeks ago on shearing day, but the past week has been the busiest by far.
Here is what lambing is all about.
First you have an open field of several hundred very pregnant ewes.
|Don't you love Jigsy's new collar?|
1. She goes off by herself
2. Pawing at the ground
3. She passes her mucus plug
Once she starts puckering her lips like this - you know it's game time.
Contractions will increase and the ewe's water bag will appear. This can go on anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. If a ewe is in the pushing stage for over an hour it's likely she is having trouble. This is when one of our workers will intervene.
Most ewes will not need help lambing, a good sign they are fine on their own is if their lamb's hooves and nose appear simultaneously. This is the position the lamb should be in.
Once the lamb is born the ewe begins licking her baby clean. This is my favorite part. It's just amazing how instinct kicks in!
Once the babies are born and the ewes have a chance to bond with their baby, the lambs will picked up by one of the herders or J and the ewe will be lead to pen or "jug" as we like to call them.
|You carry the lamb low so the mom can see and smell it. This does not hurt the lamb.|
My hat goes off to all the mamas out there. Whether it's an animal birth or a human birth I know they don't call it "labor" for nothing!
Here is J. He really is excited about lambing time, he's just exhausted these days.
For now, a thumbs up with have to do!
Keep up the hard work hubs! Lambing is almost done.