Farm Days

Farm Club members have spent time here during lambing and helped with cleaning, lamb ID, etc. And of course there is always lamb cuddling.IMG_5547                  Farm Club is a great way to learn about raising sheep before you invest in sheep or if you won’t ever have the lifestyle that lets you own a sheep.

IMG_5548             Zorra had plenty of cuddling while she was still in the lambing area with her mom. Lisa is a lamb cuddling Pro.IMG_5550                 This is pet sheep Jade’s lamb (and me).

IMG_5670                                                   This is her again being held by Peggy. We’d really like her to be friendly too.

IMG_5672               This is Zorra again with Sumi.

Betsy and lamb-3                                                   As the lambs get a little older we have other Farm Days. This was Betsy’s first day on the farm and she jumpred right in holding lambs as we ear tagged and castrated. 18042                         I don’t castrate many because it’s hard to know how they will grow out and which might be a great flock sire for someone. Some are easy though–too much or too little color to fit within the 15-85% breed standard. This one’s horns are already touching at the base under that hair. As the horns grow they will fuse and not grow well separately.Marina and lamb-3                                          Marina and Maggie (no photo) helped catch lambs too and Mary handled the clipboard. The lambs were all tagged with their white ID tags right after they were born but we put added a colored tag on Farm Day. I like to use a second tag for back-up ID if the first one falls out and also to color code the sire. It’s interesting to keep track of that and it also helps to find a lamb when you’re looking for one among 75. You can narrow it down some if you have a color to look for.DSC_9172                This year Cayenne’s lambs got orange tags. Pink tags go in all the lambs that have been castrated.

DSC_9183                         Green means these are Buster’s lambs.DSC_9189                          Blue was for Catalyst.

18013            Peyton’s lambs are obvious so don’t need an extra tag.

Orchardgrass-3-2             After we tagged all the lambs Marina and Betsy stayed to help me set up the pasture for the sheep. I had put the sheep out for a few days but hadn’t cleaned and moved the water trough.

Orchardgrass-2-2               We walked around the pasture and took stock of things. I always point out the issue that I have with the dallisgrass that is out of control. That’s what all that dry grass is. I’d much rather see green grass growing. The whole pasture was looking somewhat dismal from a growth standpoint. At this point we had just had March rain after two very dry and cold months. I wasn’t seeing much growth–at least not enough to feed 55 ewes and 75 lambs. unknown grass-2               We spotted this grass that I don’t recognize.unknown grass-11                     I took photos to send to a friend of Marina’s who she think might recognize it.

Thanks Farm Club!

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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.

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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lambing board

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.

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.

Another Morning & More Sheep Photos

This morning I was going to take three sheep to be shorn at a friend’s house. These three were born at the State Fair in July last year and I didn’t want to shear them at our early February shearing. So I went out to take photos of the ram so that I’d have photos in full fleece for registration paperwork. Then I got carried away with other sheep portraits.15078 rightThis is the 9 month old ram. He needs a name.NashThis is Meridian Nash. These rams have the same sire so I don’t need both. I think this one will be for sale.RingoPuddleduck Ringo is also for sale. I have used him for two seasons and he needs to move on.RotorMeridian Rotor. 16002Isn’t this a beautiful stylish ewe lamb? She was born a month before everyone else because the ram lambs weren’t weaned soon enough. Too bad I don’t know her sire. Her very cute baby pictures with her brother are in this post.16041Lamb in early morning light. Meridian Vanessa x Meridian Rotor.16075BFL-cross lamb. Love those BFL faces.16046I’m keeping this lilac lamb. Mud Ranch’s Foxglove x Meridian Nash.DSC_8427Not sheep, but the sunflowers Across the Road.