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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!        [….read more]

Home Again

We did the remaining CDT’s this morning and sent the girls packing. They — and we — are happy to have them out of the barn. The longer they stay in there, the more poop and straw there is to take out! Now the ewe flock is back together.

The last group of ewes on their way back to the winter paddock. Jim        [….read more]

A Trip Down Memory Lane

It’s been a little weird around here lately…not bad weird, just different weird. It’s the “no lambs” thing. It all started with no pregnant ewes (by choice) and that meant I didn’t spend endless hours staring at the ewes’ butts nor did we have long conversations about so-in-so’s vulva over our evening meal. (Our sons used to love this!) I wasn’t trying to sneak a        [….read more]

Only Two Can Play This Game

I think they know something’s amiss. They’re looking at me like “Ah-hem…did you forget something?” I’m trying not to make eye contact. If you don’t make eye contact you can’t give anything away, right? I feel guilty. I mean, they only get one chance each year to “play” and I put the kibosh on that with the decision to skip lambing this year. The        [….read more]


…whatever you want to call it, it’s been on our minds these days and in short supply. Jim, the assistant shepherd in charge of pasture management<BG>, has been watching, worrying, reporting. Finally, with some rain, it seems to be turning around. Too bad that Fall is on the doorstep now and growth is slowing down. Time to switch gears to finding/buying/storing hay. We’ve bought some        [….read more]