Lambing Courses


Are you a small sheep flock owner, veterinary/agricultural student or perhaps just interested in seeing the inner workings of a sheep farm during the busy lambing season? Then our hands on lambing courses set in our busy sheep maternity ward could be just what you want to improve your shepherding knowledge and practical lambing experience.

Course Information

Lambing season is the busiest time of year for us here on Waterfall Farm. We run a flock of about 400 pedigree Lleyn ewes, most of them are expecting twins. From mid-March onward’s the sheep shed is full of the sounds of bleating lambs arriving, some need lots of help entering the world and others can manage it all themselves. If you would like to get hands on experience and learn all about lambing then join our lambing team and get stuck in.

Thank you so much and well done to everyone who took part in the 2015 lambing courses! It was great fun and lots of learning. We hope to run them again next year. Here’s a short video clip one of the 2014 participant’s, Jason Glennon, took of a ewe giving birth to her second lamb.

What to expect.

The informal, and generally action-packed course includes a mix of listening, observing and doing. We explain what we do here on Waterfall Farm, answer your questions and let you put the theory into practice across a range of sheep husbandry tasks.

Don’t worry if you are a total beginner, lots of veterinary and agriculture students spend their work experience time on the farm and gain valuable insight and experience into what really happens at lambing time. Our courses are ideal for anybody wanting to gain more experience and refine their sheep husbandry knowledge and skills.

We run a pedigree flock of 400 or so ewes with a commercial outlook, during the course we aim to cover as much as possible in relation to lambing, common lambing problems, sheep care and all the everyday tasks. We hope you will experience at least one birth, however this cannot be guaranteed and although an itinerary is planned due to the changeable nature of the lambing shed what is happening at the time will dictate the direction of the topics being covered.

You will be spending most of your day outdoors or in the lambing shed so please wear sensible, warm clothes, wellies, waterproofs and bring a spare set of clothes. Don’t mind getting mucky, because you will. This course is warts and all, with the all the realities of  birthing and can be quite hectic at times! Depending on your level of confidence you can expect to be doing all tasks associated with sheep and lambing.

The course is not suitable for pregnant women.

Course Dates and Times

Dates: Dates for lambing 2016 will be announced late December 2015.

Times: 10am to 4pm

Only available to Irish and international Agricultural and Veterinary students please contact Michael directly on 086 384 1046