It’s lambing season at Vavenby’s popular heritage sheep ranch

An ewe (a female sheep) is pictured with her triplets, part of the herd at Aveley Ranch. The lambers need to keep an eye on the sheep that give birth to more than one lamb as sometimes the mothers may not have enough milk to feed the little ones. These “orphans” would then need to be bottle fed instead. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)An ewe (a female sheep) is pictured with her triplets, part of the herd at Aveley Ranch. The lambers need to keep an eye on the sheep that give birth to more than one lamb as sometimes the mothers may not have enough milk to feed the little ones. These “orphans” would then need to be bottle fed instead. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
An ewe gave birth to twins on April 15 at Aveley Ranch in Vavenby. This set of twins is just one of 250! Ian Moilliet said they expect to have about 1,000 lambs in total at the end of the season. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)An ewe gave birth to twins on April 15 at Aveley Ranch in Vavenby. This set of twins is just one of 250! Ian Moilliet said they expect to have about 1,000 lambs in total at the end of the season. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
Valerie Gerber brands a set of twins at Aveley Ranch on Thursday (April 15). The red paint means they are on their second hundred sets of twins. The twins are branded to keep track of where they are and who belongs to which mom. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)Valerie Gerber brands a set of twins at Aveley Ranch on Thursday (April 15). The red paint means they are on their second hundred sets of twins. The twins are branded to keep track of where they are and who belongs to which mom. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
Cadence Moilliet, a lamber with Aveley Ranch, helps a new lamb get some milk. The new babies sometimes need some help so they know where to go when they are hungry. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)Cadence Moilliet, a lamber with Aveley Ranch, helps a new lamb get some milk. The new babies sometimes need some help so they know where to go when they are hungry. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)

While the farm is closed to tours again this year, the lambing season must go on.

Aveley Ranch has welcomed almost 750 lambs so far this season and the family expects that number to reach 1,000. Many of those babies are twins, as the ranch hands have counted almost 250 sets of twins. There are also a handful of triplets, though much less common.

Each set of twins or triplets is branded with paint so the lambers knows which lambs are siblings. Metal numbers are dipped in paint and pressed against the side of the lamb. The colour changes after each 100 sets, starting with blue and they are currently on red. Once that 100 have been branded, they’ll move onto green.

Sheep and their babies were scattered throughout the ranch, the days to weeks-older lambs in bigger pens with their peers, while the many sets of twins in theirs. When the lambs are born, they are secluded with their mother until they establish a bond.

This helps the babies to find their momma when they’re in the bigger pens with the others.

At night, the sheep are all herded into a single corral where they can be watched and protected from prey.



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