Watch our spring lambing at Wimpole Estate
From 22 March - 6 April 2014, celebrate the arrival of spring at Wimpole by watching the frolics of our newborn lambs. Plus, you can learn more about our sheep.
What will you see?
- You can listen to and learn from our Home Farm staff and volunteers - find out about Wimpole’s rare breed sheep.
- At our lambing days, it's likely that you'll witness the birth of a lamb, if not, you'll certainly see lambs during their first few hours of life.
Birth and bonding
Ewes lie down to give birth, standing up almost immediately in order to turn around and get to their newly-born lamb. After the birth, lambs and their mothers are left for a time to form a close bond. Once this has taken place, the ewe and lambs are moved into individual pens for 24 hours to ensure they settle in together.
In the days that follow
Before the lambs are moved from this pen, they're given individual ear tags, enabling us to record which ewe they belong to and if they're male or female.
From the individual pens, ewes and lambs are put into group pens - providing the lambs are strong enough. After a few days here, they can then go out into paddocks, providing the weather is suitable.
As the lambs grow up they're introduced to little pellets of food, which they eat more of as the mother's milk decreases.