Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#62 LoLa

 Lola delivered these twin ram lambs Monday evening all by herself.
Lola did wonderful, she is so calm and laid back.
These little guys are marked quite nice.
The lamb on the left is moorit, with spotting and eye patches.  The lamb on the right 
is katmoget with spotting and will most likely be fawn in color.
 Rear view....
What a cute face.
We are done lambing !!! So glad to be done.

We have had 24 ewes birth 42 lambs.  All births went well
and I must say this was one of the easiest years I've had with 
lambing.  No problems and everyone delivered on their own.
Out of 42 lambs we had 21 ewe and 21 ram lambs.
That was amazing....I didn't know this until I ran my tally.

I have 9 lambs that are Border Cheviot / Shetland crosses;
3 are ewes and 6 are rams.

I have 33 lambs that are Shetland;
18 ewes and 15 rams.

I do not know yet what will be available as far as lambs go.
I will have several ewes available when lambs are weaned.
If interested email me.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sheep coats'n Sheep

This evening after turning the ewes out to pasture I decided to 
throw the sheep coats in some soapy water and let them soak away 
the soil and lanolin.
So thirty-seven sheep coats will be soaking for a few days until
I have time to scrub them.  I prefer to clean them by hand
outside using dawn dish soap and a garden hose.
Last year I invested in more coats to get all of the adult sheep covered.
Although I will need to take count again and purchase a few 
additional coats to make sure I have adequate sizes to 
cover everyone.  
When we went to our accountant this past year to do our farm taxes
and the accountant asked, "sheep coats"?  Do they get cold?
I then had to explain the whole purpose of why the sheep wear coats.
Not because they get cold....because those coats keep their fleeces
clean and that is what hand spinners want.  A clean raw fleece.
Free of VM (had to explain that too!)

So if you are coming to the Great Lakes Fiber Show at the Wayne Co.
Fair Grounds here in Ohio on May 27th & 28th .  You will get to see some 
Awesomely clean raw fleeces for sale.

LoLa is still hanging in there.  Her due date is on the 22nd.  She looks like
she could go at any time.  Hopefully soon, I would like to be done 
with lambing. (note to self....after I've taken the breeding groups 
apart.   If a ewe comes back into heat...DO NOT put her in with 
a ram!  I don't want late lambs!) 
 Above, all the ewes and lambs out to graze for the evening.
LoLa on the left, expecting soon and Jasmine on the right...buddies.