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lambing begins

Lot's of action under EllenG...everyone is making a run for the milk bar!

Yesterday evening our oldest ewe, EllenG, had triplets and made it look easy.  It never occurred to me that she was carrying three…she looked like a “normal” twinning ewe. But here they are…2 ewes and a ram…and all nice sizes right around 9.5 – 10.5 pounds. And very spunky, too!  Great job, EllenG!!!

It’s beyond me how people can think sheep are stupid. EllenG can count!  Take one of those lambs away to weight it and she knows…she looks for it…calls it…and isn’t happy until it appears and is counted.  At eight years old, she’s been a mother many times and she’s also had three a couple of times so I guess this is her normal.

On this lovely Spring day, the little family is doing really well.  The babes are well fed and warm and snuggling with Mom.

The other ewes…still waiting…



wide body

still at least a week to go

getting some D after breakfast

6 comments to lambing begins

  • Nins

    I hope that Ellen G’s triplets have some little friends soon!

  • Pam

    I don’t think it’ll be too long…lot’s of “blooming” udders out there!

  • Rae

    As always, Pam, the sheep look great! Just loved the photos of the rams – what a good looking group!!
    Ellen sure did a good job for you hope lambing is progressing and you get many ewes.

  • Pam

    Thanks, Pumpkin! The triplets are doing well and we have 4 more lambs as well. The only ram lamb is Ellen’s so far. As you know, the ratio can change very quickly so I’ll make no predictions as to what the end result will be. As long as they’re all doing well, we don’t really care whether they’re ewes or rams.

  • Hi,
    The sheep look great! Keep up the good work, both of you!

  • Jolene Brewer

    On the ranch in Montana, lambing required round the clock checking. We had one lady who wanted every lamb that was born before we got them in. Mostly we could catch them and get them jugged before the lamb was born. We tried to lamb in the winter during the “spring like” season. We used to get a winter season, then a break, I think God put it there to give the elk and other wild animals a break from the snow and bitter cold. It always came around the month of February. So that meant we would often have cold weather, snow and moon bright nights. That was back in the olden days. Thanks for letting me think back on those cold, hard days. 600 ewes. 30 rams.