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.
Isadora and triplets.
Janis displaying signs that she was going to lamb today.
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.
This is Isabelle with a single lamb.
Janis cleaning the first of her twins.
Ava, who I had my eye on since first thing in the morning, lambed with twins.
Lambing is not always pretty.
Sheena with a large single lamb.
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.
Outside the lambing barn we have plenty of other lambs already.
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.
Onyx is on the list for tomorrow…
…and Jazz is only another day or so off. I’m going out to check now.