Courses

 Our courses are compiled and run by our experienced organic farmers – Trevor and Paul – and with help from our complete beginners who know what it is like to go through that steep learning curve!

We believe in learning by doing so our courses are as hands on as possible.

Lambing Course - March 30th

We will start with a bit of theory about lamb presentations and signs of lambing and then go into the lambing sheds. We have a list of topics to cover but how and in which order will depend on what’s happening in the lambing shed.

Course summary:

10am – Arrive, getting to know each other and then a run through the theory of lambing, what to look out for, how lambs can present themselves, when you should help and what to do immediately after birth. Then it is out to the lambing shed to start putting theory into practice. 

 13:00 – Delicious organic lunch and a chat over what you have learnt so far.  Followed by a bit more theory on problems you can encounter, fostering lambs and back out to the lambing sheds.

The course will be as hands on as possible and you will learn to recognize the signs and what to do. Of course we cannot guarantee that we will have any births but we have chosen the optimum time, and we should have orphan lambs, and sheep and lambs in the maternity unit needing your care and attention. The timetable can vary depending on the whims of the mums in the lambing shed!

We will cover: 

Looking for the signs of lambing from the ewes  

Presentation of lambs 

How and when to assist

Problems in lambing

What to do immediately after birth with the lamb and ewe

Hypothermia

Ewe and lamb diseases and problems

Fostering

Feeding lambs

Preparation for lambing

Why we scan

Care of the ewe pre lambing