Hard to believe - we're 4 weeks into lambing (and nearly done!). The dogs (Taff and Mo) and I moved the ewes and lambs onto a property to the north of Thompson Ranch this morning. The dogs performed wonderfully - soft and easy on the lambs, appropriately stern with the stompy ewes. We accomplished the quarter-mile move in about 30 minutes. The lambs are finally starting to understand the routine.
The new property is fairly brushy with a fair number of trees, which should provide decent shelter during the rains of the next several days. Rain is in the forecast for the next week, so it appears that we'll continue to need shelter for the ewes.
Just one new lamb today. I finally caught up on processing the new lambs at the ranch (we'd been waiting for the weather to improve a bit, which it did today). Now we just need to process the new bottle babies here at the house.
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