But, we did have a good week. We started out on February 28th with a lambing clinic at Wellscroft Farm. http://www.wellscroft.com/ The first two pictures show an interesting (to me) hay and grain feeder, and a mineral/salt feeder. David had about 150 black and 10 white lambs at this point.
There were about 85 of us who went to the school first to get the slide show and lecture. This is the 2nd clinic I've gone to, and Jerry's 3rd, in the 15+ years we've been raising sheep.
Here David is showing how a lamb should present when being born, and one of many possible malpresentations.
And then he is showing the different types of nipples.
Lambs love the Pritchard teat ( http://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=32&cat_id=12 ) as they don't have to work so hard to nurse from it. They don't like the black stiff nipple ( http://www.jefferslivestock.com/ssc/product.asp?CID=2&mscssid=AAK9FGBGE50F9N9ARFCPJ21WBR177G76&pf_id=11652&area=sheep ) because they need to work for the milk.
And then Sunday, we went to a Sugar River Spinner's meeting. Since our group has grown enough to warrant a bigger meeting spot, we are using the local Methodist Church.