While we have pasture-lambed in the past, our work schedules and exposed pastures made it a challenge for us. It quickly got old to look for lambs on hillsides at 4:30 am with a headlamp before work in the morning. In addition, our pastures are exposed hillsides (newborns would roll down the hill and become separated from mom!) and don't have sufficient weather cover for newborn lambs. So we have gone back to lambing in the barn. If it is still the grazing season, ewes will come into the barn a week or so before lambing, and are back out on pasture a few days after lambing. It works out much better for us. The ewes are still pretty much on their own for lambing, but it is much easier and quicker for us to monitor them and ear tag/band lambs.
Below is a picture of our lambing facilities during the AI lambing (Mar. 2011) when we had 83 ewes lamb (153 lambs born) in 7 days. All bred on the same day means they all have the same due date. It was wild and wooly for our farm flock, but so nice to have lambing done in a week!
Above: Makeshift mixing pen in the foreground above (we don't typically allow them to have free access to the big bales but we were flat out running out of space!), and the dry ewes are temporarily locked in the back to put a new bale in their outside feeder.
We had more jugs than usual due to the high number of ewes lambing in March 2011. It worked out well to keep litters from getting mixed up.
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Last Updated November 29, 2017