There are about 14,000 sheep on Texel, as many as there are inhabitants! Every year, from February to April, after a gestation period of five weeks, many thousands of "soggies" (lambs) are born. In the first few days after birth, the lambs usually stay in the barn, after which they are allowed to go out to pasture with their mother. So in spring you will see lots of lambs on Texel! Get on your bike and enjoy their funny antics. Would you like to take a closer look or even cuddle them? You can do that too! So you can enjoy the lambs on Texel to the fullest.
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Stay in a chalet type 'Vuurtoren' (4 p.) with already made beds, two bikes with 7 gears and an amazing lamb-bike-route!
The Texelaar is the most common breed of sheep in the Netherlands and, of course, also on Texel. The Texelaar can be recognised by its head and it is a medium-sized sheep. The Texelaar lambs once a year. Adults can usually throw up to two lambs and suckle per litter. Adult ewes make excellent mothers; thanks to good milk production, lambs reach an average growth of 225 grams per day!
The lambs on Texel love going out into the meadow to provide us with the merriest antics and endearing scenes. Yet sometimes the lambs also like to go inside to be close to their mother. Would you like to keep an eye on the lambs at all times? You can do so by webcam!