Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Lambing Journal - Day 5

Today was a better day (for the most part).  In addition to the two lambs born last night, we've had three new lambs so far (all singles).  I expanded the paddock that the ewes are in, which made the girls happy.  I was on hand this morning when ewe 512 gave birth (unassisted) to a 14 pound lamb!  They were doing great tonight when I saw them.  Cold and dry is much preferred to cold and wet and windy.

I sometimes hesitate to post photos of the lambs - after all, our main product is meat.  In 6-8 months, the lambs that we're caring for today will become the product that earns us our living.  Some people have a problem with this.  To me, it is part of a cycle.  I absolutely love this time of year - new life is amazing.  My friend and fellow sheepman Al Medvitz puts it this way: "In this country, we think that death is the opposite of health - it's not.  Death can be a healthy and necessary part of life."

With that said, here are a few photos from today.

A new "mule" ewe.

Happy sheep!

A new Border Cheviot "mule" ewe.

1 comment:

  1. There were no new lambs at 2 a.m. this morning. It's cold and clear, and the lambs that had arrived by 11 p.m. are dry and warm - they must be nursing well.