Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One week later......

I've had 33 ewes lamb now. I think. Delirious. Exhausted. Also very excited and happy!

I'm loving the Shetland Mules. I have 14 of them so far (only 6 ewes dang it!) Most of the 21 Shetland lambs are as expected. fine crimpy fleeces. lots of spots. still katmogets but lots of solids and modified lambs too. My BFL twins are growing and leaping (literally) by huge strides. IF only April was always this nice for lambing (last year we had blizzards and lots of snow and below zero temps.)

photos will come soon. Most of the photos are on facebook farm page (which is public) Just search Ramsay Farms and you'll find them. Not all the lambs are photographed. Too many to take!

Musical lambing jugs, musical nursery pens and moving lambed ewes to the jugs, jugged ewes to the nursery pens, nursery pens to the lamb/momma pen and then moving close up ewes to the 'expecting pen' versus the holding pen for those still a ways a away. Chaos in the best sense :)

I love it.

But 25+ ewes have all lambed in the past 3 days. Pandemonium out in the barn with ewes trying to steal lambs because they are in labor, or lambs getting lost in the crowd if don't witness the birth. Even with so many jugs this year I'm still finding need for more. Better to get them all done with at once than waiting for months like I did last year!


Tombstone Livestock said...

I had 20 lambs in March, one set of tripets and a set of twins same day ........... Marking paint comes in handy to tell who's who. I need to by more colors, some were getting red or green spots, then stripes, neck, left side, right side, on their butts, marked the ewes first .... easier to make corresponding marks on the lambs they are smaller and co-operate better, lol.

Cynthia said...

Congrats Garrett. Since I am not on Facebook, I will have to wait patiently for those photos! Wishing you soft crimpy fleeces and big fat meat lambs.

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