It’s been a busy month. With lambing imminent there were many preparations to make. All the pens needed to be mucked out, the hay moved and new lights installed. The weather was a worry, we bought all the ewes in for a week to get them out of the wind and rain.
Every year we muddle through and sadly lose a few lambs so this time we decided we wanted to take the guess work out of it. We tracked down a lovely man who came along one evening and scanned all our possibly pregnant girls. It was very exciting and we discovered who was in lamb, how many they were having and their estimated due dates.
It was all very useful but we went one step further and installed CCTV cameras in the lambing shed. We are now all hi-tech and can monitor the ewes from the comfort the house! We are thrilled that we will be able sit in the warm kitchen instead of trudging down to the shed through the mud or snow, in the middle of the night.
There is also an added advantage. Some of the ewes seem to hide their birthing signs when we are watching them close up, so by using the cameras we should be able to see what is really going on without disturbing them!
At the moment all that we can see are a few chickens and cheeky mice but we are looking forward to the next month or so when all the ewes will be tucked up in the straw beds with us observing from afar.