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Lambing Time: Spring’s Rite of Passage
Each spring is a rite of passage when the lambs start to arrive. We plan for plenty
of activity and little sleep for the 3 ½ weeks beginning around April 10. What is
it like to be a shepherd during lambing? Let me walk you through a “typical” day.
6 am: Early morning ewe check. We walk the field looking for newborn lambs and record
those on paper as well as spray chalk the newborns with their mother’s ear tag number.
Between 5 am and 10 am is the busy time for lambing.
8 - 11 am: We return to the field to check for new lambs and insure the previous
ones are up and nursing and there are no mothering problems. Feed bummer lambs breakfast
bottles. This may involving mixing and feeding up to 14 bottles per feeding. Take
care of any special needs cases such as lambs that need help nursing or ewes that
need extra health care.
Noon: Feed bummer lambs lunch bottle. Grab a snack for ourselves and back out the
door to the field after checking for phone messages and e-mail.
1 - 3 pm: Tag, dock, vaccinate and castrate yesterday’s lambs. This may be anywhere
from 18 - 50 head depending on the time in the lambing cycle. It is here where we
get our exercise since a 48 hour old lamb can dang near out run a house cat. We
try to catch them at 24 hours old to avoid too much post-lambing sprinting. Watch
for lambing ewes. Chalk any newborns when dry enough
4 - 6 pm: Feed bummers afternoon bottle at 4:00. Check phone and e-mail. Begin
feeding ewes hay and possibly guide a truck load of onion waste (energy feed for
ewes) into the field. Check for lambing ewes.
6 - 7 pm: Dinner for children. Maybe dinner for us.
7:30 pm: Last ewe check before dark. Feed bummer lambs dinner bottle.
8:30-10:30 pm: Be parents, if possible. Help with homework or deal with crisis in
the field, whichever comes first.
10:30 - 11:30 pm: To the barn for one last feeding for bummers. Check ewes one more
time. Stay up if any are lambing and hope that there are no problems. Assist those
that need help..... in the dark.
12:00 am - name your small hour of the morning: Shower and pray that God takes care
of those sheep for the next few hours while we aren’t there to do it.