Lambing is one of the busiest times of the year for sheep farmers up and down the country. The lambing period presents many challenges and can be extremely hard work but it can also be one of the most rewarding times of the farming calendar.
In March 2015, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) teamed up with the farmers who hosted BBC Lambing Live 2014, Hamish and Susie Dykes and family at South Slipperfield, near West Linton, to offer you an opportunity to share their highs and lows of in the lambing shed this year.
A camera was installed in the roofspace of the Dykes’ lambing shed, so that everyone had the opportunity to get involved in one of the family’s busiest weeks of the year. Each day we posted a video diary by Hamish and Susie with some highlights from the lambing shed – including meeting some of the new arrivals. You can see the video diaries below.
The LambCam also streamed live action from the lambing shed from 6pm - 9pm on the evenings of Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th March - the busiest days in the shed.
We also kept you up-to-date with the live lambing action during the live streaming using the QMS twitter account and #QMSLambCam
The aim of the LambCam and video diaries was to give an insight into the realities of lambing on a family farm in Scotland – and, like any maternity unit around the country, there were inevitably challenges. The Dykes are members of our Quality Assurance Scheme which is one of the longest-running in the world and underpins the Scotch Lamb, Scotch Beef and Specially Selected Pork brands. Animal welfare is a very important aspect of this and QMS has recently launched an Animal Welfare and Wellbeing Charter.