Whew, We Made It Again
In one of our shortest lambing seasons ever, all but five ewes have given birth in just two weeks. So other than these few stragglers, we’re done! As usual, I’m delighted, and Melissa’s face grows longer and longer as reality sets in. She loves finding new baby lambs on the pasture, and thinks she has the best job on the planet.
Our helpers think it’s pretty great as well.
Here I am trying to hold four bottle lambs in stairstep formation, but they’re too squirmy for a photo!
Look at the little pipsqueak on the right in the photo below. She was a triplet (as are all the other bottle lambs) but came out 1/3 the size of a regular lamb. Luckily after a few shaky days, she’s up and running, hopping around like a piece of popcorn, and has just gone to a new home.
Most ewes make great moms. Here are three wary ewes who don’t like that I’m in the pasture. Each is standing guard over at least one lamb. The lambs snuggle down into the grass until you almost can’t see them.
This ewe has just given birth to triplets. ChaChi has come over to check out the new ones, and is gently sniffing a lamb at his feet.
There’s a whole lot of sleeping going on at this farm. Bottle lambs snooze after a big meal:
The calves are clearly uptight about their lives:
Our reward for the hard work of the last two weeks are all little strong, healthy, and robust babies running around on the pasture. One of these days I’ll figure out the whole video thing and show you what I mean.