11th ANNUAL HANDS-ON
LAMBING SCHOOL WORKSHOP
Held during lambing season
every spring since 2006...
2016 Workshop Date: Saturday
April 9, 8:30am-4:30pm
(UPDATE: 2016 was the last year for my popular Lambing School and
Sheep School workshops. They've evolved into a more personalized format.
If you're looking to explore or improve your shepherding
skills, consider scheduling one-on-one Consulting or Mentoring
or a customized
Farm Immersion with me.
LAMBING SCHOOL WORKSHOP
Whether you're just thinking about raising sheep or have already started your flock, this daylong event will give you
the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to manage a successful lambing season. We'll spend the entire day in the lambing barn working with the farm's 60+
breeding ewes and their newborn lambs. After a fun and rewarding day of lecture, real-life demonstrations, and hands-on work with the sheep, you'll leave
with the skills and the confidence you need to ensure your own happy healthy ewes and babies (and shepherds too!)
Longtime shepherdess/instructor Melissa Lines
helps Lambing School participant
her first-ever bottle lamb
Lambing School is always scheduled in the middle
of lambing season, so it's very likely that one
or more ewes will deliver their lambs on workshop day.
for 3 short videos
of a ewe named Greta delivering her twins during Lambing
Lambing School features
lecture and discussion on all the major topics related to a
successful lambing, plus a chance to get hands-on experience
with some or all of these important lambing time
- Checking a ewe to
determine if lambing is imminent or if she needs help
- Helping a ewe deliver
- Caring for newborn
- Reviving a chilled and/or
- Giving a lamb an
identifying ear tag, banding its tail and
Teaching a nervous new mom to nurse her lamb
Milking a ewe to save colostrum for another lamb
- Hand feeding a bottle
lounges in the morning sun
Discussion topics and hands-on work in
the lambing barn . .
- Pre-breeding basics, breeding, nutrition during gestation, importance of exercise for pregnant ewes
- Preparing for lambing season
- Styles of lambing management (pasture lambing, shed lambing, hybrid systems)
- Setting up the physical lambing area
- Lambing supplies and equipment
- Management of ewes before lambing - feeding, exercise, low
- Barn checks -
frequency, what to look for
- Labor - stages, signs, when to intervene
- Normal delivery & possible problems
- Care of the newborn lamb
- Chilled lambs - tube feeding, warming
- Colostrum - collecting it (milking the ewe), saving it
& using it
- Banding Tails, Castrating & Tagging
- Possible lamb health issues
- Bottle Lambs
- Udder management
- Ewe and lamb management - mothering up, flocking up,
- Lambing time record keeping - why it's so important and
what to record
Shepherdess/Instructor Melissa Lines
Lambing School participant why and
to treat newborn lamb's navel with
* Registration fee $100/person (Children 9-12 $50)) including lunch and reference materials.
Two people registering and paying together $180/two.
* Nonrefundable deposit of $50/person/workshop to reserve your spot.
* Space is limited to ensure a quality hands-on experience, so be sure to reserve your spot early. Minimum number of six
registrants per workshop.
Space is limited to ensure a quality hands-on experience, so be sure to reserve your spot early.
Email me for more info or to reserve.
Lambing School participants say...
Melissa...Thank you for
taking the time during your busy lambing season to
give us a real world look at a sheep operation!
I went home with a new energy for my own
little endeavor, and without the sense of being
overwhelmed that I had been feeling up to that
point. I was amazed at how calm and well-adjusted
your flock is...it was a battle not to scoop up and
carry off one of your little bummer lambs. They
absolutely stole my heart! Please keep me on your
mailing list for any additional classes you may
offer. Thanks again for an informative and very
Fruitland (Boise) ID
Thank you so
much for opening your home and sharing your passion
with me! I greatly enjoyed Lambing School and
learned lots. You inspire me - especially since
you're a former city girl too! :) If you ever need
help bottle feeding just give me a call and I'll be
there! I'm looking forward to the summer workshop.
I learned much about the dedication and careful
thought that goes into tending a successful flock.
It is a big undertaking. It is clear that such work
is not without its rewards. How gratified you must
feel to survey your fields filled with ewes and
their lambs after a successful lambing season! What
a treat it was for me to walk among your sheep and
have up close contact with the adorable little
lambs. Thank you for a special day and treasured
memories. I look forward to news of the next
thank you so much for the weekend! I love
experiences that turn out to be much more than I
knew to ask for. I'm sure we're now at well over a
hundred potential scenarios of how we might apply
the knowledge and include sheep in our newly
purchased small farm.
I have been on your web site this morning and it is
a wonderfully informative piece of work. We'd like
to start a modest herd, with a conservative number
of highest quality sheep, that can expand with our
knowledge. Might we reserve a ram and some of your
ewe lambs for next year?
be so exhausting!
SkyLines ewe Pearl naps alongside her twin
Melissa Lines' Hands-On Lambing School is endorsed by the
University of Idaho/Washington State University/Rural
Roots "Cultivating Success: Small Farm Education Program"
Farm of Idaho
4551 Highway 6, Harvard, Idaho 83834
(In beautiful northern Idaho, south of Coeur
d'Alene & north of Moscow)