The first of our ewe lambs (1 year old sheep), started lambing today, one had a single and the other had twins - all are doing well. Also, one of our ewes expecting twins gave us a surprise this morning when she went on to have triplets!
In the past we have waited until our sheep are 2 years old until they have their first lambs, however we have been advised it is okay to lamb them at 1 year old, PROVIDING, we do the following as they are still growing -
- start feeding them extra sheep nuts earlier in their pregnancy than the older sheep
- continue feeding them sheep nuts after they have lambed
- do not let them try and rear twins.
So far so good, we shall keep you posted!