More Lambs

I took these photos before it started raining again.

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A cute blue-eyed lilac lamb. This is on the “keep” list.  Meridian Catalyst x Shadow Mountain Shelby.

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Meridian Hot Lips with triplets also sired by Catalyst.

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Meridian Sophia with BFL-x triplets.

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Meridian Sonata with triplets sired by bide a wee Buster.

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Ears and her crossbred lambs.

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Meridian Estelle also with crossbred lambs.

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Meridian Ruth. Lambs sired by Catalyst.

And while we’re at it let’s throw in another springtime photo.

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The wisteria has started to bloom.

 

Lambing is Over

That was a quick lambing season. Quick, but intense. I’ll figure out the stats later, but for now there are pictures of lambs.

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This is the last lamb, born last night. Bide a wee Buster x Bide a wee Trista.

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These photos are from a couple of days ago before yesterday’s rain. The ewes were excited to get to fresh pasture.

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This is a lamb that got lost in the tall grass and was calling for MOM!

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I’m trying again for a great jumping lamb photo.

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But the combination of the enough light, the right focal length, and fast enough shutter speed make that tough.

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Some of these photos look OK here, but they aren’t sharp enough for a large screen.

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I’m going to keep trying.

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One of the latest lambs.

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Five more ewes to go–or there were when I took these photos yesterday.

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Raquel’s due date is tomorrow.

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So is Cascade’s.

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I don’t have a date for Petra.

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Trista is a yearling who missed her first lambing date so that puts her due in a couple of days.

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Jazz was due today…

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…and Onyx a couple of days ago. She lambed yesterday with triplets.

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Ewes and lambs are on the other side of the fence from the pregnant ewes.

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Isn’t that a cute face?

Today in the Barn

It’s been kind of crazy here over the last 16 days. That’s when lambing started. Maybe I’ll find time to go backwards to share photos. But here are some from today.

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Isadora and triplets.

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Janis displaying signs that she was going to lamb today.

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Catalyst and Joker, some of the sires of this year’s lambs.

Today’s lambing began with Noel’s triplets about 1 a.m. When I went to the barn in the morning Vanessa had twins.  Lambing began in earnest about 2:00.

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This is Isabelle with a single lamb.

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Janis cleaning the first of her twins.

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Ava, who I had my eye on since first thing in the morning, lambed with twins.

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Lambing is not always pretty.

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Sheena with a large single lamb.

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This photo shows all four ewes that were lambing this afternoon. That’s Isabelle in the pen on the right with her lamb. Ava is in the pen in the corner. She and Janis (foreground) were delivering lambs at the same time–Ava had the first lamb, then Janis had her first. Ava had her second followed by Janis. Notice the lamb just behind Janis at the fence. Sheena who was in labor this whole time really wants this lamb. No wonder lambs and moms get mixed up if more than one ewe is lambing at the same time.

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Outside the lambing barn we have plenty of other lambs already.

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Here is today’s record. This is how I keep track of lambs and we leave it up all year to refer to in the barn. The letters under the ewes’ names refer to the rams: Dragon, Joker, Catalyst, and Buster. The lamb numbers are color coded and I record weights. That’s 80 lambs since February 26.

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Onyx is on the list for tomorrow…

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…and Jazz is only another day or so off. I’m going out to check now.

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It’s still a little wet in these fields and I’m leery of causing soil compaction, but I really wanted to get the sheep out yesterday.

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Jean and lambs

The ewes and lambs are in one field.

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This is Esmerelda, happy to be grazing green grass.

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Here is an indicator of a ewe that is ready to lamb–all the other sheep went to the pasture after three months locked in the barn and she chooses to stay inside.

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Sure enough! Foxglove had lambs a few hours later.

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Take a look at the horns on her ram lamb.

Lambing in Plain Sight

Yesterday morning I saw these two.marilla-and-marilyn

That is Marilla, born 2/25/16 (and named in a Spinzilla contest) and her dam, Marilyn. I didn’t know it at the time but shortly after taking this photo I realized Marilla was in labor.

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She was moved to her private maternity quarters…

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…and produced a good-size BFL-x lamb. I bred her for crossbred lambs because she is very freckled and I don’t want to perpetuate that in the flock. Marilla has a beautiful fleece however.

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At about that same time in the morning I noticed Sonata standing back with the tell-tale sunken sides between the ribs and the hips. Before I went to the house I put her in the barn.

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Spinners were here for the day and we kept trooping out to the barn to watch for lambs.

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Sonata lambed with the first one with no spectators but there were plenty for the second one.

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My flock is used to people being around and Sonata didn’t care about the observers.

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The second lamb born.

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View from Above

Photos taken in the barn last night with my phone.

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These are the pregnant ewes and a couple of wethers (including that very freckled one in the middle).

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Photos over the lambing pens:

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Mae’s lambs born yesterday.

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Marilla and her BFL-x lamb born yesterday…in motion…in the dark.

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Skye and her twins also from yesterday.

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Sonata’s lambs, born yesterday.

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Windy Acres Bronagh and lambs, born during the night, which is one reason I was taking photos…waiting for lambs.

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Bide a wee Hallie and her lambs, a few days old.

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This is the list so far except for Bronagh.