Lambing time is finally upon us. We typically start breeding after our county fair, which is the first week in October; this puts us due for March lambs.
There are a few chores that need to be completed before lambing, one of those is referred to as crutching. Crutching is the removal of wool around the rear end and udder of the sheep to aide in lambing and to get rid of any dangling wool that could be confused for a teat. If lambs try to suckle dirty, dangling wool, they could contract intestinal infections such as E. Coli that could be detrimental to a young lamb.
With lambs due in just a few days we spent some time crutching our ewes.
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