Lambing season is one of the most important events on a farmer’s calendar. It will take over your life as you lead up to the birthing period and then as you welcome the new arrivals.
There is no way to take the stress out of lambing completely, as it can be unpredictable and time consuming. However, you can plan for most eventualities and have systems in place to ensure that things run that little bit smoother. We have put together a list of just a few of the things that you should consider as we move ever closer to that time of year, with some suggestions that will hopefully prevent last minute panic and uncertainty.
Organise in Advance
Planning is key when it comes to getting ready for the busy lambing season. The more you can do beforehand, the less stressed you will be when things start to get underway.
Prepare the Birthing Area
Don’t leave this decision until the last moment as it will leave you very little time to find an appropriate space that will keep your flock safe, dry and warm..
Pack a Birthing Bag
In the same way as humans, animals need certain things during and following the birth. Ensure that you have all of these things beforehand and you reduce any last minute panic of missing something vital. For example, you may need;
Be Ready with Colostrum
Colostrum is an easily digestible supplement that is crucial in the first few hours of a lamb's life. It will;
Plan for the Unexpected
Try to think of anything that could crop up unexpectedly and have potential solutions in place.
Lambing is one of the hardest, yet one of the most satisfying events of the farming year. It involves a lot of planning, preparation and hard work, but if all goes well, you will have the best results through many healthy lambs.