Lambing season kicked off during the worst weather of the year. Sleet, followed by snow. The adults don’t mind the dry fluffy snow, but the sleet caused all of them to droop and be nervous. We had twin ewe lambs born during a sleet storm. Fortunately I was there to help, and they ate right away, so they are fine. I nearly froze to death but these beautiful faces make it all worthwhile! This years’ lambs will have birthdays between March 4 and March 22. We will have pedigreed ewe lambs to sell as well as lamb for winter holidays.
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We’ve received some inquiries about when we will have lambs available. The girls are pregnant now and will be having babies throughout the month of March and the first week of April. Some will be sired by Mr. 7, and some by a leased ram named Willwerth Southdowns T2, otherwise known as “Big Boy.” Therefore, I estimate that lambs will be ready for processing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have scored a lot of leftover pumpkins, which they love to eat. Now they expect them in the morning and they are going to be really mad when we run out.
We decided to take lambing season off this year simply because of our work schedules. I felt that there was no way I was going to be able to spend all night out in the barn given what I had going on. However, Mr. Seven managed to breed two of our ewes in July, resulting in two sets of twin lambs born at Christmastime. This is actually not a bad time of year to lamb in North Texas, as it’s not too terribly cold usually and work is not very busy.
I would like to give credit where credit is due: To our wonderful mothers who carry these babies for 5 months, then give everything they have to feeding and raising them. When the little babies wake up and want to eat, mom gets up no matter how tired she is. When the babies wander off, mom hunts them down. Heaven help the sheep who gets too close to her babies, as he or she will be met with a smack or even a hard ram to the head if necessary. If a lamb must be taken to the vet, mom stays at the gate, calling after the truck until the baby comes back. The worst thing about having an unsuccessful delivery or losing a lamb is the feeling that I have failed my girls. Recently, one of our young mother […]
Wow! Surprise December babies! The clever and good-mothering Longface got pregnant back in early July, which was not expected. However, I noticed she was showing about 6 weeks ago and started feeding her in her own special feeding spot, and we managed to crutch and vaccinate her (though not early enough). On Friday I came home from work to find baby #1 freshly hatched. She was a little cold, so I wrapped her in a towel from the dryer and she perked right up. Soon, baby #2 came right out with just a couple of pushes. Twin 9 lb. ewe lambs! And now I don’t have to wait til mid-March to get my baby fix. Mom and babies are doing very well and I am spoiling them. I am keeping these girls because Longface is an exceptional mother, even by […]