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Beautiful spring weather for our lambing...

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Beautiful spring weather for our lambing...

Meg Rodger

This spring we have been blessed with great weather for lambing. A Northern weather system from the Arctic has been bringing cool clear weather which suits us just fine. Far better than wet and windy when wee lambs are born onto cold wet ground. This way the sun and wind dries them and they are up and on their feet in no time.

Feeding time on the machair.

Feeding time on the machair.

The big benefit of lambing Hebrideans is that their lambs are small and to date we have never had to intervene with a lambing. It is all very calm and natural which is great. Hebridean ewes are very attentive mothers and tend to have plenty of milk. So unless we have a poorly lamb or a young mother who can't cope with both twins generally all goes well.

Hebridean ewe with new lamb.

Hebridean ewe with new lamb.

As we are 57 degrees North we lamb later than more Southern areas where the weather tends to be warmer at this time of year. So far we are about half way through with the second batch of lambing about to start.

However, ploughing has started on the machair so it is time to bring the sheep home to the croft at Sunhill. We like to do this as a family so as all other jobs were done for the day we walked them home with the sun setting behind us.

Walking the ewes and lambs home from the machair to the croft.

Walking the ewes and lambs home from the machair to the croft.

Even though both ewes and lambs are healthy and strong it is still a marathon when you are just finding your feet so now and then a little one needs a little help to catch up!! Great excuse for a wee cuddle ...

A wee crofter with a wee lamb needing a little extra help along the road.

A wee crofter with a wee lamb needing a little extra help along the road.