Friday, January 27, 2017


 Candace. A 8-9 year old Horned Dorset ewe
that we weren't going to shear until March as
we were hoping she did not get pregnant for 
the 2nd year in a row. But, no. She's is bagging
up. So, until she lambs, she will be kept separate 
and fed an extra portion of grain and hay daily.

 Harriet. The ewe that prolapsed her 
vagina twice and had to wear a prolapse 
paddle for a week and a half.
Now that she has been sheared, she is
no where near as fat as we thought she was.
Like Candace, she will be getting an 
extra portion of grain and hay.

 All of the mothers, and mothers to be, 
are now sheared. Now for the job of skirting
fleeces. So many are damp from them laying
out on the snow that I will need to leave them
open on sheets in various rooms of my house.

 The boys. They will be sheared in March
along with the coated yearlings.
These should be awesome fleeces 
as they've been coated since they were 
sheared last year!

 Lambs hanging out in the newly set up
creep feeder. Now they can eat grain when 
they want without the mothers stealing it
from them. They need to eat as much as 
possible to be as big as possible to sell.

 Just a few of the fleeces I will be working on today.
In the pink sheet is Cassidy. She is Dorset/Romney
with a smidge of Shetland a couple of generations
back. I am keeping this one for myself.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lamb pictures

Some of the newer lambs see snow for the first time. Well. If you can call it snow... It is more like 2"+ of frozen 'stuff'. I thought I got some video, but apparently it did not upload into the computer.

It is bright out there, so I apologize in advance that the three white lambs appear washed out... I will try again later to get some video of the bouncing lambs.

 Jack Black wants to know what is 
this stuff? And why is it so bright out??

 What has been greeting me the last few mornings.
Usually they are set up on the boys 1/3 of the barn,
 but this works just as well. They are set up in the center
1/3 of the barn. This is where the hay is and generally
where we shear. This year they are getting sheared
in their 'stalls'. This is the lamb kndergarten, where
moms and babies learn to co-exist before going back
into the main flock. It gives us a chance to see who needs
to spend some more one on one time with their lamb
getting to know it.

 Sleepy heads.
 Erin with her BIG lamb and the heat light.
 The moms all came rushing out to get the hay.
Black lambs quickly followed. (They've been
out before.) White lambs had to be persuaded.

Yes, that is my shearing rug on the fence between the boys and the girls.
I was taking advantage of the weather to help clean off the poop.
When hubby gets home today I will have him help me bring in back in.
I was hoping for him to shear more tomorrow. It depends on if anyone is dry.

I have to say, we are both quite pleased with yet another year how good our
girls look after lambing. Even those with twins have maintained their condition.
Good hay, and extra pasture this year makes a big difference. And, Poulin grain.

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