In preparation for lambing, the ewes are vaccinated and dewormed. This allows good immunity against disease to be passed on to the babies as well as helping with parasite control. Our sheep were sheered prior to lambing. The ability to see their bodies and the changes that take place just prior to lambing gives us the opportunity to place ewes in a lambing pen a day or so before delivery. Especially with first-time moms, the pen helps them bond with and stay focused on the baby. They remain here for three or four days, and then ewe and lamb are turned back out with the herd.
Our first lamb or 2015 was born on April 10 - a ram to one of our first-time mothers. They are healthy hardy and strong.