With the structure now fairly sound (we hope!) we started looking at the inside of the lambing shed. This is what we had been looking forward to! We had a few criteria that we needed to meet; we needed electric, pens, a pen with a heat lamp, open space, and areas to store feed and equipment that weren’t woolly-back accessible. The space we had to use was rather generous and allowed us to keep all of our feed at the back of the shed. We settled on installing three 6 feet by 4 feet pens, a 6 feet by 6 feet pen and a separate 6 feet by 4 feet lamb pen with heat lamp. This was done with our hurdles and extra support was put in with batons attached to the wooden upright parts of the shed frame.
One of the final jobs fell to Pops: electric installation. There are lights running down both the left and right hand sides of the shed with sockets at the front for the heat lap and any other electrical items we may want. The lights can be operated on two switches and each side can be turned off or on independently from each other. There is also a consumer unit, because Pops likes to do things properly!
The last touch was to add a lambing board to allow us to keep track of everyone. As the lambing progressed we would fill this in so we knew which ewe had lambed when (very important when you’ve got to register the birth dates of the sheep) and also any notes that may be useful. For example, if the ewe had trouble lambing, or if a lamb was born breach. The ‘F’ and ‘M’ are for ‘female’ and ‘male’ and the ‘W’ and ‘B’ related to the colour of the lamb; white or black.
The only thing missing? Lambs!