As is likely to happen, the weather didn't cooperate with our plans. In an effort to get lambs born and growing well during the colder months (when the air is cold but dry and the ground is frozen, not wet and muddy) before going out to pasture we bred earlier than usual for us, planning to lamb from the end of February through March. But the combination of an older ram who maybe wasn't settling his ewes like he should have and much warmer than ever recorded Michigan temperatures we ended up with something of an odd "up and down" lambing season.
|One of the bottle lamb triplets|
Final count is 29 live lambs from 19 ewes, so 150%. Even with those triplets, single births (again from the old ram) in the middle of the season brought our percentage down some. My husband cares about these things, I care about thrifty colorful lambs, LOL! That old ram gave us lovely lambs and we were lucky to have him for two seasons. We'll keep some of his daughters in the flock.
|This is Collette and her twin ewe lambs|
The good thing about this funny weather is that pastures were ready for sheep earlier than usual! They have been enjoying good growth, but we have to watch them carefully and rotate quickly because regrowth is slow. I just realized there aren't any pictures of the white lambs, but we do have some here! I'll have to make a point of getting their portraits taken next.