The first 100 ewes to lamb are now housed in a large barn with plenty of straw, feed and water. We keep a watchful eye on these sheep as they are all due to give birth very shortly!
All of our ewes are scanned so we know exactly how many lambs each ewe is expecting! We use colour-coded markings which are sprayed on the ewes back!
- Orange marking... this ewe is expecting 1 lamb
- Blue marking... this ewe is expecting 3 lambs
- No marking... this ewe is expecting 2 lambs
Twin births is the most common, ideally each ewe should rear 2 lambs as they do not have enough milk to raise 3.
Extra lambs need to be fostered on to a sheep which has only had 1 lamb, so they all get a fair share of milk!