At Knockaloe Beg Farm we love letting our visitors have as much access as we can to our animals. They are handled every day so we know their individual characteristics and temperaments. This means we can get up close to our ewes while they are delivering their lambs and we often let our guests assist in deliveries. A pair of long orange gloves, some clean straw and away you go, under Farmer John’s expert guidance. John checks the lamb is in place ready for delivery and then you can assist the ewe by pulling the lamb out. Many of our sheep lamb with no assistance but we help ones which are taking a bit longer than usual.
Lambing is a very exciting time and delivering your first lamb a real privilege – we have had many people in tears with the emotion of it!
We time our lambing season to coincide with when children are on their Easter holidays so as many people as possible can enjoy Lambing Live!
The rams have a coloured raddle paint put on their chests so we can tell which sheep have been mated with. John changes the colour of the raddle after 10 days so we know which ewes will deliver first.
In January we have the ewes scanned with an ultrasound scanner. This lets us know how many lambs each ewe will have so we know how to manage them until they deliver. Ewes only carrying one lamb don’t get much extra feed, whereas the ones with twins have a little more. Triplets are more complicated as we have to be very careful they don’t get too fat, or they have complications, so they are monitored carefully.