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Outdoor Lambing Live!

Probably one of the most eagerly awaited lambing highlights of 2011 is now available for replay!

At approximately 4pm on a glorious Spring Sunday afternoon we focused our webcam at a sheep in the LambWatch field which had been threatening to prolapse all day. We noticed it's water bag appear whilst rubber-ringing the family that were born in the barn on Friday evening (see previous highlights clip). This meant that it was imminently about to lamb and , considering the threat of the prolapse, we decided to make sure it was OK by assisting with the lambing process.

Visitors literally "flocked" to the webcam to see this live event, broadcast all over the world, from a little piece of England on the Yorkshire / Lancashire border. At one point, there were 65 simultaneous connections!

Lambing the sheep was a tough job and it took the work of three humans to make it happen: one holding the sheep and then two men tugging at the back end on the lamb's legs using a piece of bailing band tied around the lamb's legs.

It is quite amazing how an unborn lamb can sustain, and even counter, the strength of two men, pulling on a single leg. It may sound cruel but it doesn't harm the lamb at all.

After a lot of tugging and pulling we eventually pulled out two lambs, gave them a good slap, swing and nose-poking in order to ensure the airways were clear, and one was on its feet suckling within, well, about 5 minutes! This is quite amazing and never ceases to amaze us.

We must have trapped a nerve or something in the pulling process as the sheep was very weak on its legs after the birth. We tried to get it up but it fell over very easily so we kept a close eye on it afterwards for a good while to ensure it didn't stand on the lambs or fall over onto them. We gave the sheep a jab of penicillin just to be sure and also a bucket of water. A short while after giving birth, the sheep will look for water as it will be very thirsty.

You may also notice that we gave the lambs a good rub with some hay soon after being born. This stimulates the heart and generally gets it working. We use hay to prevent transmitting our human smells on to the new borns.

All in all a successful event which was also successfully broadcast all over the world!

Notice, Lynda is sporting the official LambWatch T-shirt as she helps with holding the sheep!

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I was lucky enough to see it as it happened. It was so exciting! Thank you for being so thoughtful to turn the camera for us. I love that 65 LWatchers got to experience it live!

I second that,,,,brilliant,,thanks.

yes me too, beautiful scene on a beautiful day..

I tuned in late but was so moved to see the care that mama was giving her babies.

It was so nice to watch it. And even the other sheep came to see her and babys Alexandria here popcorns hehe

Thank you ! intersting. (By the way , your birds are wonderfully twittering)

That is amazing!

Did the second lamb ever get up??? =-( makes me sad to see it sitting there seemingly helpless

Yes Mary, both lambs and mum were fine and are now in the Lambwatch field with all the other mums and their twins.

So good to be able to get back on Lamb Watch, I have been in Cape Town South Africa since Dec...... unable to get the live picture, could get the text but live pics.

animal husbandry 101.you are the man.