LambMetrics is our lambing blog which tells some of the tales of farm life at lambing time.
Also contains pretty lamb pictures – and maybe a few confronting ones too.
Quick one tonight but basically… lambs everywhere.
Today’s tally included 7 sets of twins, 1 set of triplets and a bunch of singles. I lost track of the singles!!
A ewe was assisted at about 9pm last night and she wasn’t interested in her lamb in the slightest so little lambie joined the crew in the shed. (The bonus was that the Trainee Assistant Midwife got to pull her first lamb!) We have a Gang of 3 at present, with a few extra still being supplemented or assisted.
Morning started out with having to do a quick separation trick on Hermione due to her trying to steal a Drysdale’s twins. Figured that meant her own delivery was imminent…..
Then there was pulling a set of tangled MerinoX twins – 3 feet and 2 heads at the same time was a bit much for the poor ewe – and then there was a plumbing job that needed doing to keep the water troughs in the paddocks full.
And then it was back to a some bottles and checking on the various sets of twins that had been born.
Managed to get some of yesterday’s lambs tagged up. Tedious but will save time in the long run.
The afternoon “run” started normal enough with a bunch of new lambs in the Singles mob.
But the star of the afternoon is Hermione. Triplets. Yep, she did it. The bonus was the ram lamb with the tri-colour Drysdale pattern. For reference: Hermione is a English Leicester – Drysdale cross. She was joined to the silver English Leicester. She’s done a very good job – no assistance this year and the lambs are basically all the same size. She’s raised 3 before so she’s very relaxed.
To complete the day of lambspam (there were a couple more assisted deliveries and lamb bottles and rearranging to round out the day!)