Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Field Trip: Lambs

2008 LAMBING SEASON - BARN VISITS (Closed after March 28.)
Oregon State University Animal Sciences Department Sheep Unit

This year, lambing season is from March 5 through March 28. Open hours are weekdays AND weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The barn is closed to tours and individuals after March 28.

Absolutely delightful.

We did not get to see a ewe give birth, but we saw lots of pregnant mamas with lambs rolling in their huge bellies, and the darling lambs we did see were worth the trip.

Directions to the OSU Sheep Center: Take Hwy 34 over the Willamette River into Corvallis (you will be on Harrison Blvd). Stay on Harrison Blvd., keeping in the middle lane, until you reach the western edge of the city. Just before the intersection of Harrison Blvd. and 53rd Street, you will pass the OSU Dairy Center on the left and a large Mormon church on the right. At the next intersection, there will be a stop light with the Fair Grounds just a couple of blocks to the south. At this intersection, Harrison Blvd. becomes Oak Creek Road (and 53rd becomes Walnut Blvd.). Proceed across the intersection, and follow Oak Creek Road 1.8 miles, until you see the OSU Sheep Center sign on your right. Turn right onto the gravel road winding uphill - you'll find the Sheep Center at the top of the hill.

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