13 comments on “Don’t be hasty

  1. Terri – I was expecting more than I think we are going to end up having. My fault for not leaving the rams in long enough with some of the girls. I used Lutalyse on the later girls because I had a ram lamb breeding girls that I didn’t think could. They cycled and were bred by the rams I wanted, but it doesn’t look like some of them took. So, I think we have around 20 girls bred.
    Thanks Shari! I have really liked their lambs.
    Michelle – Yes, I have seen that…but not as often as so-so ones turning out nicer than I had imagined. It always makes me sad when I hear new shepherds being critical of their just born lambs.

    • Shannon, I learned not to judge too quickly just last year. I had truly the ugliest twin rams I have seen! I mean they were UGLY in every way. I sold the dam with the twins at her side. (This ewe was the loudest most annoying girl you could imagine and I was happy to see her go to a great home.). Upon visiting several months later, my jaw dropped when I laid eyes in those two rams! They were absolutely gorgeous! Fleece, horns, style and stature were all there! I could NOT believe it! So, I agree 120% with your post! Amazing transformations can be made given a bit of time.

  2. great googley moogley would you LOOK at those rams!!!! i think i’d run away from one of those.. yikes! our goat breeder has a buck that is as big and as stanky as an orangutan.. he tried to kill us one time when we arrived at the barn before the owner. yikes!

    and look! you dont have any snow…….sigh…..

  3. It seems that if the lamb fleece changes, it changes for the better and if the horns change, they change for the worse. The great lamb fleeces stay great, but often you see a lamb fleece that doesn’t really excite you – until shearing – when you wonder how you overlooked that one. 🙂 Horns can sure go from great to cull in about five minutes!
    My philosophy, although I have trouble sticking to it, is to avoid any judgment for at least four weeks and just enjoy the “cute”.

  4. Now you’re pouring salt in my wound (about Wrangler)! 😉 I love him, but am very glad you got him as I was only breeding for meat then so wouldn’t have appreciated him like I do now. 😀 Adorable babies, and excellent post! I love the Duchess pics (Queenie looks great!)… But then I’m the proud Great-Grandma. LOL

  5. OFG – Our boys have great temperaments! That is a requirement to live here with horns like that 😉 and luckily they don’t stink like goats! Nope, no snow!
    patchworkfibers – That first statement of yours is SO right! I have a difficult time too, but I really try!
    MudRanch – I really wasn’t trying to pour salt in your wound 🙂 I know you love him! Does it help that you have my favorite grand-daughter of his? Thanks! I am really happy with how Queenie has matured! Thanks for letting her come live up in Oregon 🙂

    • Well, let’s just say I’m glad I could “claim” her in utero. 😉 Paisley is one of my most prized sheep… That’s for sure. Thank you for letting claim dibs. 😀

  6. I love the lambs–they are just beautiful. Boy did those two turn out gorgeous. They are stunning rams. The horns are amazing. I just love the little babies though-they are the most precious baby animal I think 🙂

  7. Shannon, as a newer breeder of Jacobs, I really appreciate this post. I will keep this in mind as my girls begin to lamb.
    Cute and personality top the list for me right now. I’m just learning about fleece quality, horns and confirmation. Blogs from Jacob shepherds are foremost on my cyber bookshelf!
    Happy Lambing!

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