Selfies: Lambing season on the Open Heart Ranch
Lambing season at the Open Heart Ranch is a month-long cycle of 16-plus-hour shifts. Much like with calving season, the Roberts family and ranch hands will spend long hours with the sheep to ensure the health of each ewe and their multiple lambs. From supplemental feeding, medications and keeping the lambs warm during cold nights, the ranchers become makeshift mothers for the new generation of sheep. The Robertses currently own around 1,400 ewes and will expect nearly 2,300 lambs by the end of the season.
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