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Lambing Help Part I…What Does “Normal” Look Like? — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for such an easy to read, yet informative post on what normal looks like. I’ve only had to deal with cattle births, and definitely agree with your culling practices. We’re contemplating getting a small flock of hair sheep (Barbados), so I’ll definitely be bookmarking this one to read again. Even though I’m on the farm all the time, and could help, I don’t want to get in the practice of thinking that “helping” is normal.

    • Yes, we definitely try to be there as much as we can during lambing season, but I agree, it’s a bad overall practice and a bad overall characteristic to need to help very often. A ewe basically has one job, and that’s to have and raise babies. If she’s not good at it, well…?

      We’re lucky that our cows don’t have any trouble either. We’ve only had to help one time in about 7 years of calving.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I raised sheep when I lived on my parents farm and every year about this time get a hankering for some lambies! My dad sold his sheep last year because of health issues. Your post put a big smile on my face!

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