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Shepherds Diary - May

Shepherds Diary - May

Sun 8th May 2011

What a lambing time! nobody could have asked for better weather.

This is truly the hardest time in the shepherd's year which normally is made harder by the presence of rain, wind and cold days/nights.

But not 2011, we have had day after day of sun, dry fields, lots of grass and to be honest the best lambing season I have ever seen.

There is nothing better than a bit of sun on a newly born lambs back to get it up and ready to face the world, rather than being beaten into the ground by rain.

The hill shepherd is out as long as it is light at the moment helping any ewes that are struggling to lamb.

The lamb should really be presented at birth with both front legs forward and the head lying on top of them. If this is the case and the lamb is not too big it will be born without any trouble. But with four legs that all have joints half way down there are plenty of opportunities for things not to go as smooth as nature intended it.

Usually a little helping hand just manoeuvering the unborn lamb inside it's mother makes everything OK again.

It is a very rewarding time of the year bringing all the lambs into the world and seeing them bouncing around in the sunshine is even better!

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