Rawlinshaw Farm|Zwartble and Blue Texel Sheep|DIY Livery

Lambing Time 2016

  
Our favourite time of year has arrived! It’s lambing time. At Rawlinshaw, our sheep lamb over a two week period to allow Sam to take two weeks off work to lamb the ewes. We only have 55 ewes to lamb this year, but this becomes a full time job as Sam like to see every single lamb born, suck and get to its feet. The weather this year has been fantastic so far this year and the sunshine has triggered the ewes to lamb in rapid succession, keeping Sam running around constantly.
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Rawlinshaw Farm, Austwick, 
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The waiting and watching begins.

  
Initially there is a lot of waiting and checking of the ewes. They are still being fed twice daily, coming in at night time and out in the day time, but we still have to walk around the flock every couple of hours or more frequently if a ewe is showing signs of lambing.

We watch for nest building, any signs of discharge, and changes in behaviour. When you know each individual, you learn their normal behaviours which makes spotting changes much easier. Different ewes will do different things, after all we are all individuals.
  

Last year 2015