The children are bursting with excitement here as the first of the lambs have started to arrive. I have two shadows following me around the yard, eager to be of assistance. I was showing them a video of a child delivering a lamb on YouTube and now I have two volunteers keen to do the same. Mia is doting on the lambs and we could find one in the house if we’re not vigilant. The first arrivals came last weekend.

I prefer being in the swing of things to the weeks before lambing begins as I find I am on edge in this period. You almost have too much time to think about various scenarios that may occur. There won’t be too much time to think this week if they lamb down as predicted. On the really busy days there could be up to 100 ewes or more lambing per day.