As we approach lambing season for 2023, the majority of our Dorset ewes are getting ready to lamb in mid-February. An ideal lambing season would result in 2 lambs per ewe and no orphan lambs needing to be bottle fed. There will be some singles and there will be some triplets but hopefully the majority will be twins. One of the nice characteristics of our production Dorset’s is that they are good mothers. They seldom orphan a lamb even in triplet situations.
As the mothers get close to lambing the ewes are moved into a straw bedded pen to be alone with their babies for a few days before moving them in with the other ewes and their lambs.