Today was such a lovely spring day after so much rain and gray skies. We decided to let the lambs out into the new pasture we planted last Fall.
There were leaps of joy, frantic cries for mom, and contented moms enjoying some lush pasture.
What a great spring day today was! Temps were in the low 70s with lots of great sunshine. The lambs went out to play in the pasture for a short time and what a sight to see them leap around and and frolic and then frantically call for their mamas when they realize they've wandered too far away.
The first daffodils of the season are blooming. Daffodils are one of my favorite parts of spring.
What a great spring day today has been! After yesterdays rain and snow showers, we woke up to a bright sunny Spring morning. The temperatures were still a little too chilly to not wear a light jacket, but the afternoon sun sure felt good.
Our morning got off to a good start when the last of our Tunis ewe's lambed. Judy surprised us with a large ram lamb! We had expected her to lamb in a few days. The poor little guy somehow got into the lambs creep feeder and couldn't get to his mother. Judy kept trying to clean him up through the narrow openings in the feeder. She was overjoyed when the two were reunited.
For our non-sheep friends, a creep feeder is basically a pen that the lambs can walk in and out of and get all of the grain that they want, but their moms can't get into the pen. The growing lambs need to get food on their own, as their moms may not leave enough for them if they are fed from the same feed troughs. At this age the lambs are still learning to eat grain and hay and kind of just nibble at it.
After getting Judy and her lamb settled, we spent most of the day freshening up the flower beds, planting gladiolas, and taking care of the garden.
We also spent some time checking out all of the lambs and see how they are growing and picking out some of our favorites. We are still waiting for 2 more of our Bluefaced Leicesters to lamb - hopefully by next weekend so that I can get some sleep again!
It is time to name the lambs. We'd love to hear any suggestions you have. It gets harder each year to come up with new names for the flock. For our Bluefaced Leicester's we like to choose British themed names or towns that are found in Britain. If you'd like to share your ideas, please feel free to.
We spent the day planting in the garden. The broccoli and lettuce transplants are in - we will have 2 varieties of broccoli and 4 lettuce varieties. The peas also got planted - both shell peas and sugar snap peas.
We will be starting the herb seeds tomorrow. Can't wait for the veggies to be ready to eat!
Laying down the mulch to prevent weeds.
Hannah is planting the lettuce
Sarah is planting some of the broccoli.
The plants are in the ground and the drip irrigation system in place.
We have a lull in lambing today so I thought I would post a few pictures of some of our new arrivals.
Here is a picture of Audrey with her ram lamb. I love his ear set and color. His sire is Grugoer "Welshman".
Here are some pictures of Paulina's lambs. She was bred to Myfyrian "Trueblue":
This is our "Emma" she is out of Grugoer "Welshman" also. So far she is our first natural colored lamb and she is out of 2 white parents so we are very thrilled. Her dam is black factored.
Another nice ewe lamb. She is out of Llwygy "Black Mountain"
The lambs and their mothers have not been cooperating very well for taking pictures. All of the lambs are doing well. We had a few issues with some first time moms that weren't sure why a lamb was trying to suck on them but they soon figured it out.
Yesterday turned out to be a very busy one in the barn. At the 4:00pm barn check I found a ewe with a water bag and in labor. She had a large single ewe lamb. She is a first time mom so I'm watching them carefully to make sure they are doing well.
At the 10:00pm barn check, Audrey decided to make a liar out of me and have lambs late at night. She was so anxious for a lamb that she kept trying to adopt all of the other lambs in the barn. I finally gave her a stern talking to and told her to lay down and deliver her own lambs. Surprisingly, she seemed to listen to me and delivered 2 good size lambs - a ram and a ewe.
Everyone seems to be doing pretty good this morning but I will keep a careful watch over them today.
The funny thing last night was that while Audrey was in labor she was in the pen with the rest of the ewes, as all of our lambing jugs were full. All of the other ewes turned their backs to her as if to give her some privacy. It was quite something to watch. As soon as the lambs were born, they all ran over to see the new babies and seemed to ooohhh and ahhhhh over them.
After watching Paulina and Tootsie grunting and groaning and being miserable in general all day on Saturday with no lambs being born, I finally went to bed. I got up early on Sunday morning and went to the barn to check for lambs and what did I find - Paulina had just had twins, a ram and a ewe. Both lambs are white and are as cute as can be. After spending the day bonding with mom, they are now bouncing around a little bit in the pen. Paulina was bred using AI (artificial insemination) with semen we imported from the United Kingdom.
I'm excited about these lambs and looking forward to more being born in the next couple of days.
The feed has arrived! It was exciting to see the bin wagon filled up with the feed for the sheep. No more trying to empty feed bags into containers in the barn.
We are awaiting the delivery of our first order of a custom blended feed in preparation for lambing next week! The ewes are getting bigger every day. Can't wait to see these lambs!
We have to decided to add produce to our product line this year. We are planning on growing herbs, tomatoes in several varieties, squash (both summer and winter), peppers, melons, seedless cucumbers, green beans, yellow beans and Italian green beans just to name a few. Keep checking back to see what is available and how the garden is growing!