Lambing Courses Off the Ground

Yesterday evening was the first of a series of lambing courses being held at Hare Farm this month. Having had the busiest day so far with close to 100 births since mid-night, the stage was well set for a course packed with live demonstrations, observations and hands-on tasks. 

It was great to welcome two novice sheep keepers to Hare Farm, whose own flocks will be lambing for the first time in the coming weeks. We also were joined by countryside enthusiasts, and a couple who are going one step further with the shepherding experience by staying in the shepherd's hut for a couple of nights. 

From feeding ewes to suckling lambs, experiencing live births and fostering, and getting stuck in to hands on lambing tasks including adding iodine to navels, docking tails, moving newborns, checking udders, and spotting ewes in labour, our temporary lambing team had their hands full keeping an eye and getting involved with our flock of 1000 ewes. 

Demonstrations on the lambing course at hare Farm, Rye, east Sussex

By 10pm, and after a slice of Annie's delicious tea and cake, we went on our way. Here's wishing the sheep keepers well with their lambings and the hut keepers well in their hut...

Students and lambs on the evening lambing course at hare Farm, rye, east Sussex


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