Moms are eating. Babies are napping.
Moms are eating. Babies are napping.
I took these photos before it started raining again.
A cute blue-eyed lilac lamb. This is on the “keep” list. Meridian Catalyst x Shadow Mountain Shelby.
Meridian Hot Lips with triplets also sired by Catalyst.
Meridian Sophia with BFL-x triplets.
Meridian Sonata with triplets sired by bide a wee Buster.
Ears and her crossbred lambs.
Meridian Estelle also with crossbred lambs.
Meridian Ruth. Lambs sired by Catalyst.
And while we’re at it let’s throw in another springtime photo.
The wisteria has started to bloom.
That was a quick lambing season. Quick, but intense. I’ll figure out the stats later, but for now there are pictures of lambs.
This is the last lamb, born last night. Bide a wee Buster x Bide a wee Trista.
These photos are from a couple of days ago before yesterday’s rain. The ewes were excited to get to fresh pasture.
This is a lamb that got lost in the tall grass and was calling for MOM!
I’m trying again for a great jumping lamb photo.
But the combination of the enough light, the right focal length, and fast enough shutter speed make that tough.
Some of these photos look OK here, but they aren’t sharp enough for a large screen.
I’m going to keep trying.
One of the latest lambs.
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.
Photos taken in the barn last night with my phone.
These are the pregnant ewes and a couple of wethers (including that very freckled one in the middle).
Photos over the lambing pens:
Mae’s lambs born yesterday.
Marilla and her BFL-x lamb born yesterday…in motion…in the dark.
Skye and her twins also from yesterday.
Sonata’s lambs, born yesterday.
Windy Acres Bronagh and lambs, born during the night, which is one reason I was taking photos…waiting for lambs.
Bide a wee Hallie and her lambs, a few days old.
This is the list so far except for Bronagh.
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.This is the 9 month old ram. He needs a name.This is Meridian Nash. These rams have the same sire so I don’t need both. I think this one will be for sale.Puddleduck Ringo is also for sale. I have used him for two seasons and he needs to move on.Meridian Rotor. Isn’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.Lamb in early morning light. Meridian Vanessa x Meridian Rotor.BFL-cross lamb. Love those BFL faces.I’m keeping this lilac lamb. Mud Ranch’s Foxglove x Meridian Nash.Not sheep, but the sunflowers Across the Road.
The sheep were all locked in the barn/corral area while I was irrigating. Here are some morning photos.Ginseng and BFL-X lambs.Fandango with lambs.Hot Lips and lamb.Alexandria and her lambs.Isabelle with lambs.Melinda and lambs.These were the last ones born this year.Amaryllis.Sheep looking hopeful as I climb back over the gate.