At Glen Keen Farm, excitement is building as the lambing season goes into full swing. It’s timed to coincide with grass growth as the new grasses provide essential nutrients for the ewes’ milk, giving the suckling lambs the best start in life.
Showing that Northern Ireland’s giant spirit is indomitable even in these challenging times, Jamese McCloy of Glenshane Country Farm in County Londonderry is continuing to train his sheepdogs for the important months ahead. Like his father and grandfather before him, Jamese has been tending to sheep for decades. See here how he’s training his dog Tess using ducks in place of lambs!
The farm, located in the rolling Sperrin hills, has already welcomed lots of spring lambs who are getting to know their new surroundings and making their voices heard.
Spring is also when life kicks into action at the renowned Irish National Stud in County Kildare. Set in rolling countryside of Ireland’s Ancient East, this is the third-largest breeder of thoroughbreds in the world and most of its foals – around 250 of them – will be born in springtime.
Often visitors are lucky enough to see a new foal take its first steps. But while the Stud can’t welcome you to that joyful sight at the minute, you can still share in the delight of new life in this charming video of the perky young horses.
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