Vermont State 4-H Lambing Clinic

Addison County, Chittenden County, Lamoille County, Rutland County, and Washington County were all represented by Vermont 4-H members from Critter Creek 4-H Club, Feathered Friends, Hinesburg 4-H Club, Independent 4-H members, Lamoille Localvores, Northern Winds 4-H, Trailblazers, Weybridge Willing Workers, and Wonderful Woolies at the 2016 State 4-H Sheep Lambing Clinic. Instructors Lydia Smith and Joe Emenheiser are pictured with event participants. Courtesy photo
Addison County, Chittenden County, Lamoille County, Rutland County, and Washington County were all represented by Vermont 4-H members from Critter Creek 4-H Club, Feathered Friends, Hinesburg 4-H Club, Independent 4-H members, Lamoille Localvores, Northern Winds 4-H, Trailblazers, Weybridge Willing Workers, and Wonderful Woolies at the 2016 State 4-H Sheep Lambing Clinic. Instructors Lydia Smith and Joe Emenheiser are pictured with event participants. Courtesy photo
Corinna Hobbs, Hinesburg 4-H Club

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 4-H members from different clubs met at Shelburne Farms for the Vermont State 4-H Lambing Clinic. Members were split into two groups, beginners and members who have come to a previous lambing clinic.

Each group was given name tags and an instructor to teach them about lambing. Beginners were given the basics about lambing like how to clear the nose when the lamb is born and other things.

The more advanced group learned about what to do when a lamb is in a breach, how to know the ewe is ready and equipment to use along the way.

About two-thirds of the way through the demonstrations the beginners joined the more advanced group and learned some of the easier things the advanced had already been shown. Members and family ended the lambing clinic by asking questions to instructors, eating cookies with milk and washing boots. Every youth was given a certificate for participating in the lambing clinic.