Countdown to Lambing Live

In just 4 weeks' time, the first lambs at Hare Farm are due. Those taking up the lambing courses or holidaying at the Oast or Shepherds hut will be seeing lambing live first hand here. Some days, over 100 lambs are born.   

1100 expectant mothers are taking shelter in three of the sheds at the farm. They are split into different pens, depending on how many lambs they are expecting. Two singles pens, many twins pens and two triplet pens. The 4 blossoming mothers expecting quadruplets have joined the triplets in the top shed. Stuart can feed the ewes accordingly. Guess who gets the biggest helping?!

The ewes have all been crutched out this week.

Crutching involves cutting away the wool, via a shearing machine, from the area around the ewe’s bottom and  from the udder. Lambing symptoms will now be seen more easily and clean bottoms help in the prevention of blowfly strike in later months when the weather warms up.  The new born lambs can also find the teats more quickly during those critical first few hours of life.

This year's lambing will also include some lambing workshops, being held on 12th, 20th and 24th March. There are still spaces available on the courses. Just email stay@harefarmn.co.uk or call Joanna on 07802 979348. 


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