Thursday, 27 March 2008

The lambing quickstep

It's all slow, slow, manic, manic, slow on the farm at the moment. You wait for something to happen, then everything hits in a rush (heaps of triplets, all night vigils, donning the long plastic gloves for an up-the-sheep moment), and then it's all quiet again.
It's as emotionally exhausting as being a young girl at her first disco, hugging the wall for a few records, being whizzed around for ten minutes by some overly hormonal partner, then rejoining the other wallflowers.
The sheep with lambs are now out in the orchard, enjoying the sun on their backs and the fresh grass. I go up with the bottles and top up any triplets that aren't getting enough milk. It's always a relief when the lambs turn back to their mother once they've had their fill, rather than follow me around - I'm not looking to be a full time surrogate mum!
So, I will waltz, slowly, up the hill to see if any ewes are doing the lambada.

6 comments:

Swearing Mother said...

Better the lambada than the fox-trot I guess Mopsa! Sounds like you're having fun, in a manner of speaking.

mountainear said...

And seeing them in the orchard, in the sunshine, must make it all worthwhile.

paula said...

Love, love the analogy. Made me chuckle.

littleffarmdairy said...

Unfortunately we seem to be doing the fox-trot at the mo: on checking the flock this morning I found we had one ewe cast (possibly pulled over?) & missing a lamb. One of the other poor ewes was going frantic - also missing a super little lamb. Both were realy promising ewe lambs. It's absolutely sickening, so frustrating....anyone else having similar problems & if so, any recommendations?

louise said...

help need some advise, have 2 sheep they came with a ? to whether they are in lamb or not. but they are developing Boobs. i am in tennessee usa and they dont chalk the ram so its a guess to when they will drop. is their anyone who can give a guess on how long from getting boobs to getting lambs

Mopsa said...

So many possible answers, Louise. Are they first timers? If so, the udders may not get that big anyway before lambing. If they have lambed before they may get very heavy with milk and teats really standing out proud...and then it can still be another week before they lamb! If the udders are just starting to fill it could be 3 weeks or more before they lamb. Or 3 days. I have ewes that are so ripe it's not true and they aren't dropping lambs yet, whilst smaller uddered ewes are busy podding like peas. You just have to keep an eye on them.