Friday, July 03, 2015

These summer days.

     We lambed in April this year, a concession I felt necessary so we wouldnt have to worry about frozen lambs and heat lamps. Lambing started out rough anyway. Lambchop the 10 year old NC Cheviot went first, her Dorper cross ewe lamb was a head only presentation. After pulling the lamb and her dead twin, Lambchop was too exhausted to nurse and violently rejected her lamb. A week of TLC and with the help of the stanchion (gotta love the stanchion), she grew to love her lamb and she's blossomed into a big 71 lb. beast at 6 weeks. Lambchop will be retired.

We also lost Lambchops 6 year old Mule, Bonnie, due to ketosis. She was down before we knew anything was wrong. That's one reason why I usually feed grain that last month before lambing, so we can see who is "off". Alas, we didn't this year.
The rest of our purebred Katahdins and Dorper/Katahdin lambs followed with a few minor hurdles, but overall not too shabby.

 Second hurdle, this little Dorper twin was rejected by a first time mom, I sold him to somebody as a bottle bum. Everyone else, thankfully, did great. 

 Love love love these pretty little Dorper cross ewes, everybody has been asking about them but they were reserved with a quickness soon after they were lambed. They came in at 45# each at 6 weeks on forage alone.

A few of our other purebred Kat and crossbred lambs. We ended up with 17 total surviving lambs. 8 ram lambs, 9 ewe lambs, a nice number of both. 9 purebred Katahdins and 8 Dorper cross lambs. 

 This lucky 66 lb.Dorper cross twin ram lamb gets to stay intact as I couldn't get both testes through the cheerio to wether him. That's okay, I'll continue to evaluate him for breeding potential
We've only one wool sheep left, Lambchop. Sheared her by hand.


Danny Hansen said...

Juliann, what do you call the markings on the second lamb? I've seen something similar on Shetlands, and think it might be like an interaction between Ag and Dilute (Modified)....

Juliann said...

It might very well be Danny. Some of my spotted lambs hold their rich color into adulthood, others fade. Thing is with the hair sheep is % upbreeding is allowed, so who knows what is lurking underneath those phenotypes.