Lockdown leaves Woolshed counting sheep

Posted on 01st May 2020

The Jondaryan Woolshed has welcomed the arrival of eight new lambs with another dozen or more expected to drop in the coming weeks. 

Jondaryan Woolshed General Manager, Rebecca Pope said the early arrival of Merino lambs is a silver lining during the COVID-19 lockdown, which has forced the facility to close its doors and place a hold on all events and functions. 

“This is the second year running the Woolshed’s Merino flock has grown in size and it is testament to our on-ground focus to breathe new life into livestock assets, said Ms Pope.

The iconic Darling Downs museum was once known for its Merino flock which reduced in size over many years before steering back towards tradition in 2019.

“Our new mothers and babies are doing well. With an expected cool change in the weather this week, we have relocated them into the eastern wing of the Woolshed.”

Designed more than 160 years ago to hold 3,000 sheep under cover, the Jondaryan Woolshed has come full circle this week. More than 30 ewes and lambs have taken up residence under the historic roof, seeking warmth and shelter. 

“Following drought, floods and now the COVID-19 lockdown, recent times have been challenging for the Woolshed and for our wider community. The arrival of new life, is a welcome distraction and celebration.”

The Jondaryan Woolshed is currently closed in accordance with COVID-19 regulations. For the latest updates including the arrival of new lambs, visit the Jondaryan Woolshed Facebook.