Lambing began unexpectedly at the begining of the month with the first ewe giving birth without our intervention. She had two healthy boys with no problems at all. As we hired a Suffolk tup this time, instead of the usual pure white lambs, we had a mixture of black and speckledy faces. It pretty much continued in the same vein, with most of the ewes coping by themselves, which is just as well, as we couldn’t get the CCTV cameras working.
As a result, we haven’t had a single sleepless night!
The last one was due on 28th but she lambed two days early, so we are all done for this year. We’ve never had such a quick and efficient lambing season!
We didn’t get as many as we hoped for and we also got more boys than usual, but we will certainly keep some of the girls for future breeding.
Toby’s training is coming along very well, although he can be a little demon in the evenings when we are all ready to sit down and relax in front of the TV. He has other ideas and stalks around the lounge like a thug!
He is so bright and clever, it’s a real pleasure to teach him. He missed one training class due to illness but quickly caught up with the rest of the group.
For his last session, there will be a party and every pup is expected to perform a trick. We decided to teach him the Bang Bang trick with a variation: we ‘shoot’ him (or rather, we say ‘bang’) and he goes round in a circle and then falls flat to the floor. He’s just about got it and you can see him demonstrating it in the video below. Whether he will be willing to do it on the night in front of an audience is anyones guess!