CORVALLIS, Ore. – New lambs will begin arriving at Oregon State University's Sheep Center this month and the public is invited to view this annual rite of spring.
More than 180 Polypay and Suffolk ewes are expected to give birth to several hundred lambs in the barn, located at 7565 N.W. Oak Creek Dr. in Corvallis, said Thomas Nichols, sheep center manager.
Each year, the sheep center draws thousands of school children and other visitors. Lambing tours will start on March 8 and run through the April 6. The public can view the ewes and lambs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and weekends.
Small groups may go on self-guided tours. Groups of more than 12 visitors should first arrange an appointment by sending an e-mail to Lambing.Barn@oregonstate.edu an out-of-office reply will be returned to you with further instructions. For additional questions call Nichols at 541-737-2903.
To reach the center from downtown Corvallis, go west on Harrison Boulevard to the 53rd Street intersection. Continue west through the intersection on NW Oak Creek Drive. A sign 1.8 miles from the intersection marks the road to the center. The one-lane road has turnouts to yield to oncoming traffic.
The ewes and lambs are part of ongoing research studies in animal health, breeding, feeding and grazing management conducted by the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station. The animals are also used in instructional programs in the OSU Animal Sciences Department and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
People interested in purchasing orphan or "bummer" lambs should call 541-737-2903 and leave a message.