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A Beginner's Guide to Lambing 1

Date: TBA

Time: 10am -4pm

Venue: Butterleigh

Cost: £75 (inc. VAT)

Included:  Tea/Coffee/Cold Drinks, arrival refreshments.

Need to bring:  Clean boots and waterproof outdoor clothing, warm clothing, notebook and pencil, packed lunch (fridge available).


Course Description

Designed for anyone who is planning to lamb sheep for the first time, or who would like a refresher in the theory of caring for pregnant ewes and lambing.  This is the first of a two part course, the second being a half day of practical training.


Shutelake’s smallholder service has a particular style; rather than a rigid programme, the training is designed as a dynamic discussion with input from all attendees.  The format aims to be flexible enough to cover requests from delegates, which are usually put forward at the beginning of the day.  The course combines theory (powerpoint and pictures) and practical where possible. 


Broadly, delegates will end the day knowing what needs to be done to prepare for lambing, how to feed pregnant ewes, how to body condition score and how to cope with different practical aspects of lambing a ewe. 


Typical schedule

10am Arrival and introductions over coffee and refreshments!

10.15am – 12pm Theory session aiming to cover:

  • Rams – preparation for tupping.

  • Ewes – preparation for tupping and care of the pregnant ewe.

    • Includes nutrition of the pregnant ewe, stages of pregnancy, housing.

  • Lambing

    • Putting together an essential lambing kit

    • Normal and abnormal lambing presentations, including signs of imminent lambing.

  • Post lambing care of the ewe and her lamb

    • Navel dipping, colostrum, milk replacer/bottle feeding, care of the sick ewe and lamb, castrating, tail docking, worming procedures/faecal egg counting.

  • Diseases associated with lambing

12pm Lunch and discussion

12.30-1pm Boots on and head outside to the field and handling facilities.

1-3pm Practical session.  Observation of tupping activity, handling of lambing equipment. Sadly at this time of year we won’t be able to see sheep lambing, but this will be covered in Part 2, should you wish to attend.  However, we can look at a ewe and discuss body condition scoring.

3-4pm Summary, rounding off anything not covered in the morning, your questions, handout distribution.



To book your place email us at shutelakelamb@outlook.com, or phone

07734 421830