|Maize X Xtra Registered BFL lambs|
I have a love hate relationship with two things, My Monday and Tuesday work schedule, I hate getting off work later in the day but I love all the extra time I have in the morning to get things done. And lambing season. I love love love the little lambs, I have a strong dislike for the lack of sleep. (yawn) and lambing problems.
It is a magical time of year barring any lambing problems. We do not do the lamb in the field lambing. Our ladies have a maternity ward and are placed in the lambing jugs on a date determined by the ram marker. Well that is not always accurate (like if he missed on the first try...haha) For me it is worse than waiting for Santa as a child.
I think the ladies love the maternity ward. They are waited on hand and foot every need met 24 hours a day, no competition for meals...they each have their own portion. I like it too. I get to interact with each ewe on their own instead of just the ones that demand attention all the time!
So I do middle of the night bed checks...hence the lack of sleep...the time varies as I am at an age in my life where I will wake up at least once in the night...so that is when I pull on various peices of warm clothing (it is no fashion show trust me) and go over..I have to drive over to the barn. It is a good check when I can climb back into my bed and it is still warm. I am sleepy, they are sleepy. Sometimes, it is some of the sweetest moments I have witnessed between the ewes and their lambs, all snuggled together in the warmth of the heat lamps in a little pile, moms baaing softly to their lambs nosing them gently to check on them....sometimes I reach into my bucket of organic berry treats and deliver one to each ewe as a middle of the night snack...
|Rhody, a soon to be Registered BFL Ram Lamb out of our Champion Ewe Poppy X McKenna|
|Cocoa and her her new BFL x Churro X Gotland cross Ram Lamb|
Part of our Market Lamb Program using our BFL as mule sheep to
produce a marketable lamb with a fabulous fleece for two products in one.