Lambing in winter means extra precautions

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Lambing in winter means extra precautions

Lambing season is underway for many sheep producers across Michigan and for some staying warm will mean moving in.

Executive director of the Michigan Sheep Producers Association Samantha Ludlam tells Brownfield farmers often welcome newborn lambs needing constant care into their homes to keep them safe.

“This time of the year is kind of fun with lambing if they need to be warmed up and making sure they get the nutrition and care that they need,” she says.

She says sheep are most likely sheltered through the winter and extra precautions are being taking during the extreme cold.

“Through the extra bedding, some heat lamps, some sort of heated barn—most of our producers are making do,” she says.

Ludlam says Michigan is the eight largest producer east of the Mississippi with more than 85,000 sheep and lambs in the state in 2020.

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