With 19 lambs on the ground, we are in the full swing of lambing now.
The first time mamas are doing a fabulous job!
My son is thrilled with his lambs.
We have been enjoying some lovely weather! This is Susannah and her lamb, Magique.
She is such a serious lamb.
Scout has the exact opposite type of personality…she is silly, silly, silly ;)
I love the interactions between moms and babies.
…and of course it wouldn’t be lambing time without babies calling for their mamas!
Up to this point, all of the girls have had their lambs on or close to their due date. How did I know what their due date was??? We used marking paint on the rams during the breeding season. I would do my rounds in the morning, take a note as to which ewes were bred the previous day and write their name in my calendar. I then calculated 149 days (average gestation for our Jacob Sheep) and mark that date in my calendar. It has allowed me to take a little bit of the stress out of lambing time. A lot less wondering and waiting. It has been GREAT!
Unfortunately, I took a week off and took a road trip with a friend and attended the Jacob Sheep Breeders Annual Meeting in Missouri during breeding season. My husband did an AWESOME job of holding down the fort, but he didn’t write down the dates like I do…I admit, I am a bit of a type A ;) So, we now have a week of lambing with 6 girls that look close, but no dates written down. I thought it would be fun to have a little contest and have you join me in my guessing game.
*** I wrote this blogpost last night and am now revising it because 4 new lambs greeted me in the barn this morning :) ***
Ailsa had a set of ram lambs.
Liberty had a couple of lilac ewe lambs…
such a good way to start the day :)
So, there are 4 options now, they are….
Avalon…biggest girl of the season
Now to make it totally fair for the people who don’t know what to look for, I am including photos that don’t hold very many clues.
To enter, leave a comment on who you think will be first to go.
Want to know what I am giving away…