The new boy
Yes, I’m here and keeping my eye on 100 new lambs. This is and will be my all time record. There is one more ewe waiting to deliver. They came fast and close together this year which made for some crazy days and nights. Thank you for your patience. I love the personal contact with my customers but it is impossible for me to respond consistently and promptly between shearing, during lambing and until the fleeces are prepared for sale. I’m experimenting with the best ways to get updates out to my friends, customers and new inquirers with the newsletters, website and blog. It all takes time and as you will see from a few pictures these lambs have a very powerful draw.
We had nice dry days for shearing but we all rejoiced when it started to rain in March. It seemed like the lambs were sprouting faster than the new green grass. It made it a bit more work to make sure everyone had a place to come in and dry off when they wanted. At one point the lamb jugs (don’t know why but they call a small pen where a ewe and her lambs can get acquainted for a day or 2 a jug) were getting full and more days of rain were predicted.
Communal jug with 3 ewes and 5 lambs
These ewes had decided to give birth in this area of the barn so I just moved the fence a little and gave each a corner. They seemed to understand the situation and respected each others space. The day after I took this photo another ewe came in and gave birth to twins in the fourth corner. It’s too bad that I didn’t get a picture of the other side of the barn with the moms and babies in their individual jugs.
There is nothing prettier a field of ewes and lambs under fluffy clouds in BLUE sky after days of rain.
Those who have bought parts of Kay’s 2011 fleece through “Fibershed” may use this photo of Kay and her lamb to put with their finished wool products.
Note the ewe laying down in back of “Kay” is due any day and the ewe grazing on the other side of the fence is not due of over a week.
Note the neighbor’s prune trees in full bloom in the back. A glorious day!
As the lambing season starts to wind down, the last of the “ladies in waiting” come into my yard to mow the grass. A couple of the open ewes, Farrah and Fella came in too since there is so much grass. Everyone who comes to the farm meets Farrah, the official greeter of the flock. She is the one on the left with the mouth full of chard. Thanks Farrah, for pruning my overgrown chard. There is not one leaf left. They also worked on the ivy … (yes little lambs and big lambs love ivy), roses, redwoods and potted flowers. I planted some sweet peas for the first time and they are gone but so far they haven’t found the sugar snaps I stashed on the porch. I’ve been eating them one at a time as soon as I see them just in case. Delicious!
Unfortunately, there are always some heartaches that go along with the blessings. This lamb was Hour’s second born twin. The birthing and both lambs appeared to be normal but when I went back to check to see if the second lamb had nursed yet I found her laying on her side and she was getting a little cold. Here she is in my oven where she hung out until her temp was slowly brought up to normal. Mom was milked for some colostrum and she was tube fed that and a little sheep Nutra drench for a little extra boost. She just did not respond well and died at about 24 hours old.
This ewe was keeping watch over the new mom who was cleaning her baby just after giving birth. She did not seem to appreciate me coming up to snap a picture.
I know that there are a lot of people waiting for the 2012 fleeces to go up for sale. They are all still safely in the shop waiting to be re-skirted. I’ll be sending out a newsletter shortly with more information about fleece sales. I’m also looking into the possibility of having an open farm to show off the the lambs and fleece sale in May. Please let me know if you would be interested in attending.
Even though the ewes are done (almost) giving birth there are plenty of chores to do. Here a group of lambs are getting a weight check and their first vaccination.
It’s time to start planning if you are interested in buying sheep. There will be some traveling to NAILE in KY in Nov. I’ll try to snap more photos of these lambs and show the variations of the colored ones. There are some really cute ones.