Sunday, January 16, 2011

A June lamb?!!

Yesterday in the bitter cold my adult ewes thought it would more enjoyable to somehow knock the large aluminum/steel cattle gate over to get in with the 2010 ewe lambs and their more choicy hay/alfalfa blend. Not the entire flock, but I did have to separate them out.

Needless to say I still haven't taken the clean up ram out of the adult ewe flock (WhitePine Caiphas, F1 Holly). Much to my thanks he was NOT in the ewe lamb pen, but there WAS a ewe lamb in with the adult ewes!

One of my F1 Jericho ewe lambs, a bielset, sokket gray katmoget ewe lamb out of ShelteringPines Nirvana was the very IN LOVE girl. *sigh*. I really wasn't going to have any ewe lambs bred. Honest.

It is good to see that most are nearly the same size as the yearlings (now almost 2 year olds).

*sigh*

Let's pray she didn't take. 3 months of lambing is a bit much right? :)

7 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh dear! Well, if she does take, you could get a lovely lamb from the cross....

Mac said...

gotta love it when pesky ewe lambs manage too get bred!! happened with one of mine this year too. sounds like the lamb will be really nice though :)

Mac said...

gotta love it when pesky ewe lambs manage too get bred!! happened with one of mine this year too. sounds like the lamb will be really nice though :)

Karen Valley said...

That's why we have our rams in one barn 200 feet from our ewe flock. Given all the snow and no sight lines we don't tend to have gates broken down or sheep running about. Sorry to hear they were naughty. Bet the lamb will have lovely markings though.

uglydog75 said...

We had a ram break through a fence this fall and get in with a group of ewes we did not want him bred with.

The State Veterinary Hospital suggested waiting 7 to 10 days and injecting Lutalyce which will force the ewe to cycle.

If you really don't want her bred, this may be an option... The shot was very easy on our ewes and they showed no ill affects. Plus it was relatively inexpensive (is a cattle drug used for synchronization).

I purposely did not mention dose, etc because folks should talk to their veterinarian first.

uglydog75 said...

...make that lutalyse

Laura said...

If you do use lutalyse give a second does a week later. I used it before and still got a lamb. Someone told me that they always give a second does and never had any accidental babies. That being said I bet the lamb will/would be really nice and the ewe will have had plenty of time to grow. I too think I may get some accidental lambs. I had a Shetland ram break in (he jumped several fences) with the ewe lambs right at the beginning of breeding season and then two weeks later the Coopworth ram jumped 2 or 3 fences to get in with the ewe lambs. I saw him breed one lamb who is actually a cull/market lambs so I gave her two shots of lutalyse.

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