I opened the gate to the next paddock, moved the water bus and left the ewes with lambs to find the new paddock on their own. The front runners were about five minutes behind the water bus! I didn’t force a move but left the gate open for the remaining ewes to come along as they would. If they didn’t move, the paddock they are on is chalk full of bush for shelter and the open gate gives the ewes who did move up, the option to go back.
The drift flock (group yet to lamb) was on a paddock with little shelter. To continue the forward paddock moves with them would place them on another piece with zero shelter. So I sacrificed my drift lambing and let the front group mix with the ewes and lambs. The one thing in my favour on that decision is the bulk of lambing is over. If I have to finish up lambing with everyone together so be it. I can always start drifting the flock again when we move after the rain.
I’ve done what I can to provide what they need in case of heavy rain. Here’s hoping these girls will move into the trees when the need arises.