As I sit out here on the porch of the Wallace Center in the warmth of the afternoon sunshine, it is clear that winter has melted away along with the last of the snow. Spring is the season in which life is most prominent; plants begin to grow, bugs come out from their winter shelters, and lambing season begins.
The lambing season is a very busy time for the farmers because they have to keep a close eye on the pregnant ewes, so as semester students we are able to help them out by participating in lamb watch. Semester students sign up in pairs for this duty. There are two shifts each night: one at midnight and one at 3am. When your shift arrives, you quietly leave your cabin and walk to the barn to check on the sheep. If there are any extra lambs, or if one of the ewes is acting funny then you use a walkie-talkie to wake up a farmer. If all of the sheep are accounted for and there isn’t suspicious behavior then you go back to bed.
It is a new and exciting experience for us to be a part of the birth of these fuzzy little creatures. We visit the newborn lambs during the day and witness them walk and play alongside their moms, brothers, and sisters. Three sheep have given birth to a total of seven lambs, with one more still expecting sometime this week. Lambing is an experience we will never forget.
– Shelby Anderson, Bedford NH