Thursday, February 14, 2013
Jamie never fails to produce the perfect set of triplets. Always 2 ewes and 1 ram. Sired by my Mossvale ram, these lambs are bigger than usual but Jamie had no need for help. When I visited her at 11:30 last night she was standing and grinding her teeth. Babies were on the way for sure. I moved the monitor near her and told Jamie to call me when ready. At 5:30 Jamie called but when I got out there she had three babies all full of milk and walking around. She was calling for breakfast as Jamie does every day. But she has a reason to be really hungry now!
Monday, February 11, 2013
After lambs are born, I put the new family in a pen, dip navels, give mom alfalfa and water, check to make sure she has milk and leave for coffee. Usually when I return in a few hours the lambs are nursing, full and content. Not today! When I returned the ram lamb was crying and empty. Poking his nose every place but near the teat, you could see what the problem was. The sister was sucking away. I could just imagine her saying,"THIS is how you do it" with a smug voice. It was time for intervention. After getting his mouth on the teat a few times he finally got the idea. But everytime I left him alone his sister pushed him off and took over. Finally, keeping the greedy little sister at bay, he reattached while stretched out flat and exhausted on his stomach. Milk finally. Soo good. "
When my Bluefaced Leicester flock moved in October I couldn't part with all of them. Going cold turkey on BFL lambs wasn't a happy though so I kept Kathleen and Icy. Older ewes but good producers here Also staying was Jamie a Shetland/BFL mule and Greta, a high percentage BFL with a wee bit of Shetland in her.. They were bred by the rams that went to Colorado, Masterton (Mossvale) and Nathaniel (Heddon Valley).On Saturday Greta had twins sired Nathaniel. A black ram and a white ewe. Big, lively and beautiful.