Saturday, April 25, 2015
We are finally done with our lambing season...whew! It's been tiring. I have three of the crossbred lambs that I am supplementing with a bottle, morning and evening. Everyone else is doing well. We ended up with 23 ewes that were bred giving us 41 lambs. Fifteen of these are crossbred lambs which will be sent to market at 50lbs. We were pretty even with 20 rams & 21 ewes.
We have 26 shetland lambs, 18 ewes and 8 rams. Some of these ewe lambs will be available to those looking to purchase lambs. As far as I can tell (since I've not been 'hands on' with all the lambs) two of the ram lambs look to be polled so those two may be staying since this is the direction that I am going with our rams.
I will begin evaluating my ewe flock soon as I have quite a selection. I need to remove a few of the older ewes from the breeding program, who were part of my original flock but will maintain permanent residency.
Other ewes will be available for sale after lambs are weaned. Right now I am thinking that in the fall I will be putting all of my breeding ewes to my Cormo/Shetland Ram and market all those lambs.
Anyone interested in Lambs, Ewes or Rams send me an email......
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We have one more yet to deliver, she just keeps hanging on.......
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Well, right now I am supplementing two of the crossbred lambs and didn't want to take on a full time brand new bottle baby.....so after a little thought.....I have over sixteen purebred shetland lambs. I picked up the phone to call and say, Hey, I've got a lamb for you! So I know she will have a good home and good life with an experience shepherd.
...what caused the dislike for her lamb? Here again I summarize that the little ewe was the first born, became separated and Mom delivered the second lamb in a different location. After delivering the second she focused all her attention on him and wouldn't accept the little ewe as several hours had passed. Here again, last night I should have jugged her and didn't. But I am good with the outcome for everyone.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
They all aspire to be like the brown crossbred lamb on top of the bale who is 1 month old.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Evaristo is one of our own rams, last years micron results on him, micron ave 20.9 & CF 97.4
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
This beautiful dark brown ewe, Bianca delivered her first lamb on Thursday, past. This is the last lamb that I was expecting from my now deceased Whistlestop ram #1107. This is also a ram lamb and has the beautiful black fleece just like his Sire. He has horn buds, so we can only hope that his horns are good. His fleece looks wonderful.
I haven't sent in the Dam's fleece samples yet for micron testing from this years fleece. I did test her lamb fleece last year and was quite happy with her numbers, Micron ave 18.9 & CF 99.0
Will post Chloe's lamb pics. tomorrow.....