The crop of 2012 has started arriving, with 14 born at the time of writing. The approach we take is to leave the ewes to it - they are all naturals at it, taking themselves off to a quiet corner in the field, usually hidden away behind a bush where they silently do what they need to do quickly and efficiently, normally with zero intervention. Within minutes, the new-born single or twins (we've had predominantly twins last year and this year to date, averaging just under 2 per ewe) are on their feet and feeding before trotting off with Mum to gradually join the rest of the flock - new Mums tend to stay on the edge of the main flock for a couple of days until their offspring are robust enough.

There are obviously some risks with the above - even the best-trained dogs (our own included!) not on the lead go mad for the smell of the afterbirth and cannot resist getting too close or even attacking the ewe or new-born; ewes that get into trouble (breech delivery for example) might not be found by us for a few hours; new-born lambs rejected by their mother will die from the cold if not picked up by us within the first hour or so. But we firmly believe that leaving the birthing process to nature is the right approach for this breed, and so far the results have been worth it. And we've been helped by attentive passers-by who ring us if they see anything untoward, and long may that continue as it's great to feel that we can share what we're doing with others as it is a truly wonderful natural process.