Lambing preparations: Manufacturers and providers of sheep handling equipment, lambing hurdles, feed barriers etc report demand running above normal and in some cases a few weeks of a waiting list. It is important to take note of this if you are hoping to carry out any remedial works in preparation for lambing, increase feed space availability etc.

As a rule of thumb, a flock with a medium litter size will require about one lambing pen to every seven to eight ewes. This ratio can be reduced to one lambing pen to five to six ewes for high-prolificacy flocks scanning in excess of two lambs per ewe or where there is a high number of yearling hoggets lambing down with the main flock and having a greater requirement to spend a longer time in individual lambing pens.